‘Halloween’ Killed but ‘The Last Duel’ Is Dead as ‘No Time to Die’ Lives On

It’s a strange time for theaters.

With a $50 million opening weekend for “Halloween Kills,” that means the Universal title won’t have Premium Video on Demand play for 31 days… but how meaningful is that when the Blumhouse sequel is already available free to Peacock subscribers?Even with home access, it still grossed only $5 million less than “No Time to Die” last weekend.

The production cost for the horror franchise was less than one-tenth of Daniel Craig’s James Bond finale.“Kills” by far has the largest opening total for any film to premiere on a streamer with no PVOD charge (“Black Widow” cost $29.99).

It bested “A Quiet Place Part 2” (Paramount) despite that film’s Memorial Day weekend placement, no competition of note, and of course theater exclusivity.Since it lacked premium-screen surcharge admissions, “Kills” probably sold as many tickets as Bond did last weekend.

The Peacock access also means

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