Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s Halloween Ends, the third movie in the rebooted franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis as eternal Laurie Strode (now an avenging grandma) fighting sociopath killer Michael Myers, easily topped the North American weekend box office with an estimated $41.2 million in revenue through Oct. 16.
That’s well below industry estimates that pegged Curtis’ reported final “Halloween” movie appearance generating upwards of $49 million. The movie sold another $17.1 million worth of tickets across 77 foreign markets, for $58.4 million gross worldwide.
Notably, selling more than $41 million worth of tickets for a movie that is available for free on the Peacock streaming platform is impressive. At the same time, last year’s Halloween Kills also was also released concurrently on Peacock.
The NBCUniversal hybrid SVOD/AVOD platform ended the most recent fiscal period with 15 million paid subscribers. It is also available for free to more than 17 million Xfinity pay-TV subscribers.
Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ sleeper horror hit Smile continues to impress. The move collected an estimated $12.5 million in ticket sales to move past $71 million in North American revenue. The movie had already topped $100 million globally entering the weekend.
Rounding out the podium was Sony Pictures’ live-animated family film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which generated $7.4 million in revenue to up its global tally to $22.7 million after two weekends.
Finally, Columbia TriStar Pictures’ period actioner The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, sold another $3.7 million in tickets to elevate its North American haul near $60 million after five weekends.