'Halloween Kills' could kill at the box office even though it's on streaming

10/16/2021 4:30:00 AM

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For decades, the horror genre has frightened people into going to the movies, and even as streaming has grown in power, horror hasn't slowed down in the ticket sales department.

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New York (CNN Business)This weekend, millions of people will head to a movie theater to watch a film about an escaped inmate wearing a washed out William Shatner mask, who terrorizes a small Illinois town with a giant butcher knife., with a new generation of horror buffs by way of Halloween (2018).Halloween Kills ,” the horror sequel starring Jamie Lee Curtis, should slash its way to the top of box office charts when it opens in 3,700 North American theaters on Friday.Jamie Lee Curtis—Hollywood’s reigning scream queen—is back as Laurie Strode in Halloween Kills, psycho killer Michael Myers once again.

Or they'll just stay home and watch it on Peacock.Either way, killer Michael Myers returns this weekend.David, most of all,” Blum tells The Hollywood Reporter.Wherever he does that will ultimately be up to audiences.The follow-up film, however, isn’t expected to replicate those results in part because “Halloween Kills” will premiere on Peacock, the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service, on the same day as its theatrical release, which could curb ticket sales.Universal Pictures'"Halloween Kills" — the sequel to the 2018"Halloween" reboot and the 12th film in the"Halloween" franchise — hits theaters and NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock this weekend.And John was hesitant, too.The film — which stars Jamie Lee Curtis in her fifth appearance in the franchise as she once again takes on the prolific murderer — is expected to bring in roughly $35 million to $40 million this weekend.You remember that iconic scene; The one where she’s stabbed to death in the shower by Norman Bates.

The film got off to a solid start on Thursday night, with roughly $4.So when we came into [ Halloween Kills ], everyone was more relaxed, having fun, looser and trusting of each other.Since the slasher film cost just above $20 million to produce, a start around $40 million would put it on a prime path to profitability.8 million.That number is steep drop from the opening of the last"Halloween" film, which premiered to a surprising $76 million in 2018, but the reasons for the steep decline come with the usual caveats around box office reporting these days.” Related Stories.Read MoreThe coronavirus pandemic, which delayed"Halloween Kills" from its originally scheduled opening last October, is ongoing.For the studio, the Peacock deal has helped mitigate any risk around a day-and-date debut.That, plus the fact that the film is debuting on streaming as it hits theaters, could undoubtedly eat into ticket sales.Plus, Leigh was a scream queen in her own right, so it’s only natural that Curtis carry on her legacy.

Yet, Jim Orr, the president of domestic theatrical distribution for Universal, believes the film can work on the big screen, even though it's debuting on the small screen simultaneously."It's Halloween.99 per month for access to the service.I guess everyone's entitled to one good scare" Michael Myers (aka The Shape) is back.This time in theaters and on streaming."People love to be scared together," Orr told CNN Business.David Gordon Green returned to direct “Halloween Kills,” having driven the first to positive reviews and box office glory.

"The horror genre really lends itself to the communal experience that you can really only get when you're in theaters." That is why haunted houses do big business when Halloween rolls around.And"Halloween Kills" is the theatrical equivalent of a haunted house: People pay to scream together in the dark as a ghostly boogeyman terrifies them.For most slasher film aficionados, shameless jump scares and high body counts are well worth the price of a ticket.'Halloween Kills' is a strange title for a franchise that just won't die"When you're watching a horror film, part of the fun, part of the experience is the reaction of those around you as well," Orr noted."It lends itself to the film, it lends itself to the experience and makes it bigger than it otherwise would be with just yourself or your immediate family sitting on the couch.

"He added that Universal is ultimately about"finding the customer where they are" and that by putting the film on streaming, it allows"others that are not comfortable, for whatever reason, in being in theaters" to watch it on Peacock as an option.Laurie rallies her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and the town of Haddonfield to rise up against Michael Myers once and for all.Another thing that"Halloween Kills" has working in its favor in theaters this weekend is that horror is one of the box office's most reliable genres.This year has been no different."You can't kill the boogeyman"Jamie Lee Curtis returns for another Halloween film this weekend.“Halloween Kills” isn’t the only new movie to open this weekend, though it will easily tower over fellow newcomer, Disney and 20th Century’s period drama “ The Last Duel.For decades, the genre has frightened people into going to the movies, and even as streaming has grown in power, horror hasn't slowed down in the ticket sales department.

Films like"A Quiet Place Part II,""Candyman" and"The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" — which like"Halloween Kills" was released in theaters and streaming at the same time this summer — all have done relatively well at the box office this year."Halloween" is one of the most popular franchises in horror history, so it could easily follow the same track this weekend, or even exceed expectations.Older audiences should be the target audience for a film like “The Last Duel,” but in general, moviegoers over the age of 45 have been most reluctant to return to their local multiplex.That said, bad reviews (it has a 45% score on Rotten Tomatoes) could scare audiences away.Also, sporadic moviegoing has made predicting the box office week to week more difficult than killing Michael Myers.'No Time to Die' wasn't a box office blowout.“The Last Duel” could have more resonance at the international box office.

Here's whyEven if consumers choose to stay home and watch the film on Peacock, that's a win for NBCUniversal too (but not so much for theaters).This is because Peacock is a somewhat new service, having debuted in July 2020, and it mostly lags behind the Netflix's and Disney+'s of the world, which have 209 million and 116 million subscribers, respectively.Peacock has 54 million sign-ups and 20 million monthly active accounts.Directed by Ridley Scott, the film centers on actual events that took place in 14th century France and follows Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer), who claims to have been raped by her husband’s best friend and squire Jacques Le Gris (Driver).Offering a film from the iconic"Halloween" franchise" could give a boost to Peacock's overall user base and give some much-needed attention to the nascent service.No matter what happens at the box office or on Peacock this weekend,"Halloween" will live on.

In fact, Universal has already announced the next film in the series,"Halloween Ends," which is due out in theaters next year..

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