After a critically-acclaimed premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield, Illinois this October as Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions unleash their new Halloween, and according to early box office estimates, the film is tracking a bumper domestic opening weekend.
According to Box-Office Pro, the $10 million-budgeted reboot/sequel is said to be outpacing recent horror hits like Split and A Quiet Place and looks set to pull in anywhere between $50 million and $85 million in its first weekend in North America.
Should it land in that range, it would set a new record for the slasher subgenre, which is currently topped by the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th on $40.6 million, and anywhere above $52.6 million would put it ahead of Paranormal Activity 3 for the second biggest horror opening ever behind last year’s It on $123.4 million.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
Halloween is being directed by David Gordon Green from a script by Green and Danny McBride. In addition to the returning Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode) and Nick Castle (Michael Myers), the film stars Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes), Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black), Will Patton (Shots Fired), Virginia Gardner (Runaways), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound) and Drew Scheid (Stranger Things).