The movie industry was having the biggest October in history, as spooky Halloween movies and scary dystopian sci-fi movies continue to pack them in at North America’s movieplexes.
Ticket offices were on track to issue an estimated $789.9 million in stubs by the close of business Sunday, a cool $30 million ahead of the previous best October ever, in 2014.
The remake of “Halloween” was having a right scary weekend, with an estimated $32 million in sales by the close of business Sunday evening. That’s good for $126.7 million over the past 10 days, according to studio estimates gathered by comScore.
Lady Gaga’s turn in “A Star Is Born” was in second placed — for the fourth straight week. It was on track for a $14.1 million weekend, and $148.7 million in the bank since opening a month ago.
Also in its fourth weekend as an also-ran, “Venom” was estimated to sell $10.8 million in tickets this weekend, for a running receipt total of $187.3 million.
Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies in the U.S. and Canada, as estimated by the studios and gathered by comScore, were “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” ($7.5 million), “Hunter Killer” (debuting with $6.7 million), “The Hate U Give” ($5.1 million), “First Man” ($4.9 million), “Smallfoot” ($4.8 million), “Night School” ($3.3 million) and “Mid 90s” ($3 million).