North American moviegoers really like to be scared, and Universal gleefully accommodated them this weekend as its new release "Halloween" registered an impressive $76.2 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Monday.
That strong three-day number gave the film the second-best opening ever for an October, trailing only "Venom," which earlier this month booked an $80 million debut.
Universal executives could be excused for a bit of gloating -- they produced "Halloween" for a microscopic $10 million.
"Halloween" recounts the return of homicidal masked figure Michael Myers (Nick Castle) 40 years after he set off on a bloody Halloween night killing spree.
Jamie Lee Curtis again stars as Laurie Strode, sole survivor of that spree.
"OK. I'm going for one BOAST post. Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead," Curtis tweeted, reeling off a list of the movie's achievements.
"Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. Second biggest October movie opening ever. Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone."
Holding tight in second spot was Warner Bros musical drama "A Star Is Born," with ticket sales of $19.1 million.
The film, the third remake of a 1937 movie, was directed by Bradley Cooper. He plays a hard-drinking musician who falls in love with a young singer (Lady Gaga), only to see her star rise as his plunges.
Sony's "Venom" was not far behind, taking in $18 million as it approaches $500 million globally. Tom Hardy stars as a journalist who becomes the superpowerful host for an alien creature.
In fourth was another seasonal offering, Sony's "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween," at $9.7 million. The family-friendly sequel, based on the R.L. Stine children's books, stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Madison Iseman.
Fifth spot went to Universal's astronaut drama "First Man," with $8.3 million. The film, directed by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, recounts Neil Armstrong's historic journey to the moon in 1969.
Rounding out this weekend's top 10 were:
"The Hate U Give" ($7.6 million)
"Smallfoot" ($6.6 million)
"Night School" ($4.9 million)
"Bad Times at the El Royale" ($3.4 million)
"The Old Man & The Gun" ($2.1 million)