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  18 Oct 2021, 10:03

'Halloween Kills' does just that at N.America box office

  LOS ANGELES, Oct 18, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - It's that time of year: Films about
death, dying and carnage topped the North American box office this weekend,
led by Universal's "Halloween Kills" with a strong opening take of $50.4
million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

  The three-day estimate represented the biggest opening for a horror flick
during the pandemic era, topping "A Quiet Place Part II," which opened with
$47.5 million.

  And it came despite the film's simultaneous release on the Peacock
streaming service -- the best dual-release performance to date.

  "Halloween Kills," a follow-on to 2018's "Halloween," again stars Jamie Lee
Curtis as protagonist Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as the monstrous Michael
Myers.

  In second place after a sharp drop from last week's top spot was United
Artists' latest James Bond film, "No Time to Die." It took in $24.3 million.

  The movie, the last to feature Daniel Craig as 007, sees Ian Fleming's spy
hero dragged out of retirement to take on old foes Blofeld and the criminal
network SPECTRE.

  Sony superhero film "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" snatched third place at
$16.5 million. Tom Hardy plays investigative journalist Eddie Brock, whose
symbiotic bond with an alien named Venom gives him superpowers, while Woody
Harrelson portrays a serial killer who has broken out of prison after merging
with another alien.

  Fourth spot went to United Artists' "The Addams Family 2," with a take of
$7.2 million. The animated feature follows the creepy, kooky, mysterious,
spooky and altogether ooky family as they go on vacation.

  And in fifth, Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" opened with a pallid $4.8
million despite glowing reviews. It stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben
Affleck in a tale set in 14th century France -- the sort of historic yarn
that usually attracts an older audience, a demographic still loath to return
to Covid-era movie houses.

  Rounding out the top 10 were:

  "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($3.5 million)

  "Free Guy" ($680,000)

  "Lamb" ($543,000)

  "Candyman" ($460,000)

  "Dear Evan Hansen" ($410,000)

 

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