JustWatch: ‘Halloween,’ ‘Squid Game’ Top Movie, TV Show Streamed Through Oct. 17

With Halloween Kills dominating the domestic weekend box office, new data from JustWatch finds that Universal Pictures’ 2018 prequel Halloween, along with Netflix’s South Korean horror series, “Squid Game,” spearheaded consumer streaming through Oct. 17. The company’s international streaming guide tracks more than 20 million users per month across 54 countries.

Other top-streamed movies included 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy and 1996’s Scream, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Skeet Ulrich. Both topped Halloween Kills, which was available free to Peacock subscribers.

Top TV shows included Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” and “Ghosts” on CBS (Paramount+).

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‘Halloween Kills’ Domestic Box Office With $50.4 Million Debut

Universal Pictures’ sequel Halloween Kills didn’t disappoint, generating an estimated $50.4 million in opening weekend box office revenue across more than 3,700 North American screens.

The sequel to the 2018 reboot from Blumhouse, with Jamie Lee Curtis again reprising her original teen (now grandmother) role as Laurie Strode, intent on ending the murderous reign of Michael Myers, is the highest-grossing theatrical bow for a movie concurrently available on streaming at no extra cost to Peacock subscribers.

Halloween Kills‘ opening did not match the $76 million opening for 2018’s Halloween, which heavily marketed the return of Curtis to the role that launched her career. Kills is expected to resonate strongly at the box office through Oct. 31, before it will be made available on premium VOD.

Jamie Lee Curtis as grandmother Laurie Strode in Halloween Kills

MGM/United Artists Releasing’s James Bond title No Time to Die was the week’s runner-up with more than $24.3 million, reaching nearly $100 million at North American screens ($447 million globally) in Daniel Craig’s last run as Agent 007.

Another hyped new release, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel (20th Century Studios), failed to match its $7 million to $10 million box office estimates, with less than $5 million in ticket sales. The result is disappointing for a film that reportedly cost $100 million to make — and features Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.

Finally, Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage saw $16.5 million in ticket sales to bring its three-week total to $169.1 million, while MGM/United Releasing’s The Addams Family 2 realized $7.2 million in ticket sales ($42.3 million overall).

Roku Premiering Three New Horror-Themed Originals This Month

Roku Oct. 8 announced it is launching three horror-themed original TV shows later this month. The titles: “When the Street Lights Go On,” “50 States of Fright” and “The Expecting” will debut on a weekly basis as a part of a “Freak Out Friday” campaign to bow streamers new horror content on The Roku Channel.

“When the Street Lights Go On,” tells the story of a double homicide in a small midwestern suburb that rattles the lives of a group of teenagers and sends investigators searching for answers in the fall of 1995The show premieres today (Oct. 8).

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“50 States of Fright,” executive produced by Sam Raimi, is a horror anthology with terrifying tales state by state. The show will premiere Oct. 15.

“The Expecting,” starring Anna Sophia Robb, Rory Culkin, and Mira Sorvino, is an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller about a mysterious pregnancy and the potential dark secrets surrounding it. The show premieres Oct. 29.

The latest Roku Originals release come the heels of the company’s announcement it is partnering with Lionsgate to create its first-ever original feature-length film based on Emmy-winning show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” It follows the launch of 23 Roku Original titles in August.

Samsung TV Plus Ups AVOD Halloween Thrills

Samsung TV Plus, the ad-supported VOD platform available in Internet-connected Samsung televisions and select Galaxy mobile devices, is getting into the Halloween spirit. Now through Oct. 31, consumers can tune into the platform’s lineup of third-party channels featuring Halloween-themed content.

They include: The Movie Hub showcasing horror classics The Last Exorcism (2010), The Last Witch Hunter, Maggie and Jackals from Oct. 8.

Midnight Pulp is streaming horror titles that include Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes and The Changeling (1980) throughout the month. On Halloween night, catch a double feature of both titles at 4:30 p.m. ET and 6:15 pm. ET.

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Dust is playing a collection of Amytville Horror films on Friday nights, with special marathons in the middle and end of October.

Oct. 8 – Amityville: It’s About Time and Amityville: A New Generation

Oct. 15 – Amityville: A New Generation and Amityville: Dollhouse

Oct. 16-17 – 48-hour marathon of all four films

Oct. 22 – Amityville: Dollhouse and Amityville: The Evil Escapes

Oct. 29 – 24-hour marathon of all four films

On Filmrise, catch featured titles Stonehearst Asylum starring Kate Beckinsale and Prom Night starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

Shout! Factory through October offers curated double features playing every evening showcasing celebrated cult-classic horror films paired with feature-length episodes of “Elvira’s Movie Macabre.”

Canela Media (Spanish) is playing Resident Evil starring Mila Jovovich, and Vampires: Los Muertos starring Jon Bon Jovi and Diego Luna, throughout the month.

“Howl-oween Week” is airing from Oct. 25 on The Pet Collective channel, where programming will focus on pets in costumes, tricks and treats. A new 2021 Halloween Special will also be part of the week-long Halloween celebration.

‘A Quiet Place,’ Classic ‘Twilight Zone’ Top Horror Movie and TV Franchises in Vudu Survey

“A Quiet Place” ranked as fans’ top horror movie franchise and the original “The Twilight Zone” was fans’ favorite horror TV series in a survey by Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu.

The service polled more than 2,500 entertainment fans during the last two weeks of September.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of consumers surveyed said they will stream more horror films and TV shows during this year’s Halloween season than in previous years.

“According to our survey, many horror-hungry entertainment fans will experience their favorite cinematic scares and TV shows at home on Halloween weekend,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “It’s impressive to see ‘A Quiet Place’ taking over as the fan-favorite horror franchise, while the original ‘Twilight Zone’ ranks as the top horror TV series. There’s no shortage of creepy content to suit every taste this season, from recent hits to cult classics, many of which are on sale in Vudu’s Horror Store starting today.”

Top 10 Horror Movie Franchises:

  1. A Quiet Place                                           
  2. Halloween
  3. It
  4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  5. Friday the 13th
  6. The Conjuring
  7. Saw                                
  8. The Purge
  9. Child’s Play (Chucky)
  10. Scream


Top 10 Horror TV Series:

  1. “The Twilight Zone” (1959-63)
  2. “The X Files”
  3. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  4. “American Horror Story”
  5. “The Walking Dead”
  6. “What We Do in the Shadows”
  7. “Hannibal”
  8. “Penny Dreadful”
  9. “Bates Motel”
  10. “Lovecraft Country”


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More Vudu survey results will be announced each week leading up to Halloween on Fandango’s social channels Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

As part of Vudu’s Horror Store, the service is offering “$4.99 Killer Deals” on more than 100 titles for purchase including the 2007 Halloween reboot, Mandy (starring Nicolas Cage), Legion (Paul Bettany), Wes Craven’s Red Eye (Rachel McAdams), Warm Bodies (Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer), Stephen King’s Cujo and the international horror film The Wailing. On Oct. 5, Vudu will launch a classic TV bundle sale, plus a “Mix & Match” sale on classic horror (purchase two films in HDX for $11.99) and modern horror (purchase two films in HDX for $14.99).

Universal Releasing ‘Halloween Kills’ Concurrently in Theaters, on Peacock

Universal Pictures Sept. 9 announced it would release horror movie Halloween Kills, the sequel to the 2018 reboot that re-introduced Jamie Lee Curtis to the franchise, in theaters and on the Peacock Premium SVOD platform on Oct. 15.

The move is the second hybrid box office/SVOD distribution strategy following The Boss Baby: Family Business in July. That sequel went on to generate $105.7 million at the global box office, including $57 million in the U.S.

The 2018 Halloween proved a successful hit at the box office, generating $255.6 million at the global box office, including $159.3 million domestically. The title saw an opening weekend (through Oct. 21, 2018) domestic box office of $76.2 million.

Universal was one of the first studios to aggressively shake up the traditional theatrical window, pushing to distribute theatrical titles into the PVOD channel within 17 days of box office release depending on opening-weekend results.

To cement the release strategies with exhibitors, Universal hammered out digital revenue-sharing agreements with AMC Theatres and Regal — North America’s largest exhibitors.

‘Lego Star Wars’ Halloween Special Premiering on Disney+ Oct. 1

The new animated special Lego Star Wars: Terrifying Tales will premiere Oct. 1 on the Disney+ streaming service as part of its Hallowstream celebration.

After the events of Rise of Skywalker, Poe and BB-8 must make an emergency landing on the volcanic planet Mustafar, where they meet the greedy and conniving Graballa the Hutt, who has purchased Darth Vader’s castle and is renovating it into the galaxy’s first all-inclusive Sith-inspired luxury hotel. While waiting for his X-Wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa’s mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader’s loyal servant, Vaneé. Along the way, Vaneé shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from across all eras of “Star Wars.”

The voice cast includes Jake Green as Poe Dameron, Raphael Alejandro as Dean, Dana Snyder as Graballa the Hutt, Tony Hale as Vaneé, Christian Slater as Ren, Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as NI-L8, and Matt Sloan as Darth Vader.


Scream Factory Bringing First Five ‘Halloween’ Films to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, is releasing the first five “Halloween” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 28.

The films will be available individually in a limited-edition rigid slipcase and will include a regular Blu-ray Disc of each film as well as previously released bonus materials.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 1978’s original Halloween features a return to the original camera negative for the first time.

This also marks the North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut for 1981’s Halloween II, 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

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Scream Factory taking preorders for each movie at the shoutfactory.com online store, which has also made available several exclusive offers (while supplies last).

First, fans can get a poster featuring newly commissioned cover art from artist Joel Robinson included with a 4K UHD purchase of each movie for $36.99 each.

Second, the first three movies are offered with a seven-inch vinyl album from Sacred Bones Records featuring newly recorded music from John Carpenter for $58.99 each.

The third offer is for a bundle of all five films on 4K Ultra HD, all five posters and all three albums for $245.99.

The fourth offers includes all five movies with the posters and albums, plus an exclusive limited-edition set of five enamel pins in a collectible box from Gutter Garbs, for $299.99.

Disney+ Presents ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’ for Halloween

A new Halloween special called Muppets Haunted Mansion will debut exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service this fall.

The special will feature a star-studded Muppets cast, celebrity cameos, all-new music and spooky fun for families to enjoy together. The announcement of the special via YouTube was timed with Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products’ “Halfway to Halloween” event.

Muppets Haunted Mansion takes place on Halloween, when Gonzo is challenged to spend one night in the most grim grinning place on Earth — The Haunted Mansion.

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Leads October Disc Sales to Top Chart for Second Month

Disney’s Hocus Pocus was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for October 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. It’s the second-straight month the perennial Halloween favorite has topped the monthly disc sales charts, after taking the top spot in September as well.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the weekly top five in the weeks leading up to Halloween, but this year received a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. While the title didn’t lead any of the weekly charts in September, it moved into the top spot for four of the five weeks before Halloween.

The one week in October that didn’t have Hocus Pocus in the top spot was the week ended Oct. 17, when Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection was No. 1. The “Harry Potter” set was No. 4 for the month of October.

No. 2 for the month was Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, moving up six spots from the previous month.

Warner’s Beetlejuice, the spooky 1988 comedy from director Tim Burton, dropped a spot from September to take No. 3 in October. Burton also produced Nightmare Before Christmas.

Moving up from No. 14 in September to take No. 5 in October was Warner’s It: Chapter One, the 2017 adaptation of the first half of author Stephen King’s popular horror novel.

The spooky season also propelled Warner’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (No. 9) and Disney’s double feature of the first two “Halloweentown” movies (No. 10) into the October top 10.

The month’s top new release was Paramount’s Star Trek: Picard — Season One, the disc release of the CBS All Access sci-fi series, at No. 6.

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Universal’s re-release of the “Back to the Future” trilogy, spearheaded by a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection, landed at No. 7

The only other new release making the monthly chart was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising at No. 8, which was the top-selling Blu-ray the last week of October (and also the first week of November).

The year’s list of top 10 sellers had the same titles as the previous month, but slightly shuffled. The top five remained unchanged, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

Moving up two spots to No. 6 was Universal’s 1917, while Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life dropped to No. 8, the two titles swapping spots as Lionsgate’s Midway remained at No. 7.

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According to NPD, the October 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  3. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. It: Chapter One (Warner)
  6. Star Trek: Picard — Season One (Paramount/CBS)
  7. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (Universal)
  8. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  9. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Warner)
  10. Halloweentown/Halloweentown II (Disney)


Year-to-date Top 10 (through October 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. 1917 (Universal)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  9. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)


‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops September Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Still Top Seller of 2020