Jamie Lee Curtis’ latest Halloween movie heads for pre-pandemic $50M opening beating James Bond’s ‘No Time to Die’ while Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s ‘The Last Duel’ bombs
- Halloween Kills is expected to earn $50 million this weekend and overtake James Bond’s No Time to Die, which is projected to fall to $24.5 million
- The slasher film is on track to overtake A Quiet Place Part II as the biggest debut for a horror film since the coronavirus pandemic began
- It’s also set to beat Godzilla vs. Kong as the biggest film to premier on the big screen and on a streaming service simultaneously
- Meanwhile, Ridley Scotts The Last Duel flounders at $4.5 million
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It may finally be a time to die for James Bond as the famed spy is expected to get clobbered at the box office by the latest installment in the Halloween franchise.
Halloween Kills, which opened Friday, is projected to scare up $50 million over the weekend, compared to the $24.5 million Daniel Craig’s latest and last Bond flick No Time to Die is expected to rake in.
That’s still better than Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, which bombed in its opener despite a star-studded cast featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.
The period film, set in 14th century France, grossed only $1.9 million on Friday and is projected to earn just than $4.5 million this weekend.
Halloween Kills, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is expected to earn $50 million this weekend
It will not only be the biggest premier for a horror movie since the pandemic began, but also for any movie simultaneously released in theater and on a streaming service
Jamie Lee Curtis, left, reprised her roles as horror icon Lori Strode in David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills. A third movie, Halloween Ends, is set to conclude the reboot films in 2022
Halloween Kills’ success has been fueled by younger moviegoers, with about 73 percent of ticket buyers on Friday reporting that they were 35 and younger.
David Gordon Green’s R-rated slasher film, staring Halloween veteran Jamie Lee Curtis, earned $22.9 million on Friday from 3,705 theaters in North American, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It also premiered on Universal’s sister streaming service Peacock.
Halloween Kills, the second of a planned trilogy for the rebooted classic, is expected to overtake Godzilla vs. Kong, which earned $31.6 million, for biggest movie opening simultaneously on the big screen and a streaming service.
It is also projected to beat out A Quiet Place Part II, which earned $47.5 million, as the best start for a horror film since the pandemic began.
Halloween Ends, the final film in the reboot trilogy, is set to premier in 2022.
No Time to Kill, staring Daniel Craig’s final performance as the iconic James Bond, is expected to fall to $24.5 million by the end of the weekend
Despite featuring big stars like Adam Driver, left, and Matt Damon, Ridlye Scott’s The Last Duel is bombing in the box offices and is expected to earn only $4.5 million this weekend