‘Halloween Kills’ Slashes Its Way To The Top Spot With $50.4 Million Bow; Damon And Affleck’s ‘The Last Duel’ Is A Dud

With just two weeks to go before trick-or-treaters head out on their annual holiday rounds, the latest chapter in the Michael Myers horror cycle, Halloween Kills, slayed the competition with a bloody good $50.4 million debut.

The bogeyman’s box-office bow was especially impressive considering that the film was also available via VOD on the Peacock streamer and was going up against such splashy competitors as James Bond, Venom, and the long-awaited reunion of Good Will Hunting’s Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, whose historical drama The Last Duel was dead on arrival with a woeful $4.8 million opening.In what can only be regarded as a hopeful sign for this fall’s box-office prospects, Universal’s Halloween Kills topped a theatrical slate that surpassed $100 million in total receipts for the third weekend in a row—the first time that feat has been accomplished in the past 18 months, when the Covid pandemic crippled the movie business.

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