Halloween Kills, which debuted in theaters and on-demand via Peacock, was No. 1 at the box office in it’s opening weekend.  Variety reports that the film earned $50.4 million this weekend, besting Godzilla vs. Kong, which made $31.6 million as a simultaneous theater and streaming platform release—and Space Jam: A New Legacy and The Suicide Squad, which also saw simultaneous releases.

Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, said per Deadline,“The debut of Halloween Kills this weekend is a further reinforcement that audiences are eager to be in theaters to truly experience the energy created by what becomes a communal event, especially for this genre and this franchise. Our amazing director, David Gordon Green, and our lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, crafted an incredibly terrifying continuation of this franchise that our audience enthusiastically embraced this weekend.”

Halloween Kills has seen the best three-day opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada during the pandemic in the horror movie genre, surpassing the best opening for an R-rated film during the pandemic, A Quiet Place Part II, which earned $47.2 million.

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