UPDATED with more insight: The horror franchise reboot craze which Hollywood reaped off during the early part of the millennium looked as good as dead last year. Than this weekend, Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween, the 11th sequel in a 40-year-old franchise, opened to $76.2M, making it the best start ever for the John Carpenter franchise, second-best domestic debut for a horror movie and the second best October opening; Sony’s Venom setting an $80.2M record three weekends ago. It’s an age old Hollywood business axiom: Say a certain type of movie isn’t possible commercially (read, pirate movies), until someone proves it is. Moviegoers’ tastes in horror in recent years have escalated to embracing original, smart fare such as Get Out, Split , Don’t Breathe, and A Quiet Place; pics that were quite often critically acclaimed. Related Story Miramax Bolsters Film Exec Ranks: Super Deluxe Founder/CEO Wolfgang Hammer Is Head Of Film, MGM Exec Munika Lay Joins As Vice President Beginning with the Marcus Nispel directed, Jessica Biel 2003 headliner Texas Chainsaw Massacre ($28M opening, $80.5M domestic, $107WW), mass moviegoers started thirsting rebooted, glossy franchise horror movies from edgy young directors and featuring burgeoning hot stars. Quite often this remakes notched a franchise’s best openings, i.e. 2005 Amityville Horror starring Ryan Reynolds ($23.5M opening, $65.2M domestic), a… Read full this story
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