On the back of glowing critical reviews from festival screenings, it was pretty clear that Blumhouse’s latest entry into the Halloween franchise would be a big hit. The film actually surpassed most expectations, setting a new franchise opening record with $76.2 million.
While star Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t sure whether she’s willing to return for a sequel or not – but is open to the possibility if director David Gordon Green returns too – there’s no doubt one will happen sooner or later, as the film is now the highest-grossing slasher of all-time.
With a current domestic total of $126.1 million, Halloween (2018) has surpassed Scream (1996), which previously held the domestic record for a slasher with $103 million. Halloween will soon also hold the record worldwide, currently sitting at just $1 million below Scream.
Of course, it’s important to point out that these numbers don’t account for inflation. In today’s money, Scream would be over $200 million domestic, leaving Halloween with a ways to go still before it could climb that mountain. Still, its accomplishment is worth noting.
For those curious, the rest of the domestic slasher top 10 is made up of these films: Scream 2, Scream 3, Freddy vs. Jason, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), I Know What You Did Last Summer, Friday the 13th (2009), Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), and Halloween (2007).