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‘Halloween’ frightens off box office competition

Jamie Lee Curtis at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Halloween” (AFP pic)

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“Halloween” ruled the North American box office for a second week running, frightening off the competition as it raked in another $32 million, according to estimates reported Sunday by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, the low-budget Universal Pictures production recounts her character Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with a masked homicidal maniac four decades after surviving his killing spree.

The movie’s return to the top spot over the three day weekend followed its US$76.2 million debut last week, the second best October opening ever after “Venom.”

“A Star is Born,” the third remake of the 1937 film, placed second for a third straight week, earning US$14.1 million.

Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut, plays a hard-drinking musician in this classic tale of a star-crossed love affair with a young singer (Lady Gaga).

Sony’s Superhero flick “Venom,” which stars Tom Hardy as a journalist-turned-host for an alien creature, held its ground at third place with an estimated US$10.8 million take.

It has pulled in US$187.3 million dollars since its smash opening four weeks ago.

“Goosebumps2: Haunted Halloween,” another seasonal offering, kept its fourth place ranking with US$7.5 million in box office returns.

Based on R.L. Stine children’s books, it follows two young friends who bring to life a dummy, played by Jack Black, unleashing monsters on their town on Halloween night.

The only new release in the top five was “Hunter Killer,” an action thriller from Lionsgate about Navy SEALs who rescue a Russian president from a coup.

Starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Michael Nyquist, it is estimated to have made $6.7 million over the three day weekend.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“The Hate U Give” (US$5.1 million)

“First Man” (US$4.9 million)

“Smallfoot” (US$4.8 million)

“Night School” (US$3.3 million)

“Mid90s” (US$3 million)

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