Friday, July 12, 2024

Box Office: “Halloween Ends” with a Whimper at $41 Million, Way Below $50 Mil Projections


It was a scary “Halloween” indeed.

The much hyped “Halloween Ends” somehow blew it: coming in at $41 million for the weekend, well below the projected $50 mil.

The Jamie Lee Curtis scarefest was also available on NBCUniversal’s Peacock, so people may have stayed home to see it. But no really watches Peacock, so it’s unlikely that caused a huge problem.

No, the movie was poorly received by fans who complained all weekend it wasn’t the movie they thought, or expected. The candy corn was bad, or something.

Still, no one complains about $41 million over four days. Almost all the recently released “serious” movies would love to have that after two or three weeks. And “Halloween Ends” doesn’t cost much. But it’s also far less than “Halloween Kills,” which came out last year and made $49.4 million on its opening weekend.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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