"Holloween Ends" is another horror flick at the top: HOLLYWOOD SPOTLIGHT


Horror is scoring big as we close out the year with a number of number one hits and yet again we find ourselves looking at box office results with Halloween scoring at the top. Universal’s horror sequel Halloween Ends debuted with $41.2M in first place, with a simultaneous day-and-date release in cinemas and on Peacock.

That’s slightly below pre-release projections, which were around the $45M-$50M range. The estimated audience for Ends was 36% Hispanic, versus 33% white. It was also 62% younger than 35. The word-of-mouth looks poor, with a C+ CinemaScore. Regardless of where it ends up next week, Holloween Ends has exceeded expectations in our book. With so many sequels and such, its hard to imagine it landing in the top ten, yet alone at the top of the box office this week,



 



 




Halloween Ends is a 2022 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan, and Chris Bernier. It is the sequel to Halloween Kills (2021), the thirteenth installment in the Halloween franchise, and the final film in the trilogy of sequels that commenced with the 2018 film, which directly follows the 1978 film and disregards all other entries.The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Rohan Campbell, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, and James Jude Courtney, and marks Curtis and Nick Castle's final appearances as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, respectively.




The face off between the protagonist (Strode) and the antagonist (Courtney) have created iconic characters in horror. And then there's a legendary Laurie strode, played by the indelible Jamie Lee Curtis, a survivor of Michael Myers 1978 killing spree who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcoholism. There she is pictured below, and the shot shows that looks can be deceiving.

Curtis plays Strode with an angry passion and grit. She can take a licking and keeps on ticking. She's fearless and she has to be. she's also fed up with the bully killer and thus you want a root for her. One reason is because you want Michael Myers to finally die. The other reason is that, well, it's just fun rooting for Jamie Lee Curtis.

We all know Michael Myers, the drone like killer sporting an old worn out beat up mask that looks like it's been through both world wars and even a nuclear fallout. He's big, silent, scary, and viscous. He's played by James Jude Courtney.

As many times as this story has been told in different iterations, with sequel after sequel hitting the theaters, it appears that it may have lost its steam even though it opened number one at the box office. We suspect the diehard fans propelled it to the top of the box office while competition was extremely weak so there you have it.


 

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