Halloween Franchise Slashes Its Way Past $700 Million At The Box Office

Thanks to the success of "Halloween Kills" over the past week and change at the box office, the iconic horror franchise has passed a major milestone. The "Halloween" series has now slashed its way past the $700 million mark worldwide, cementing it as not only one of the most enduring horror franchises of all time, but one of the most financially successful. Plus, Michael Myers still has a long way to go, with "Halloween Kills" just getting started, and "Halloween Ends" still waiting around the corner. According to The Numbers, with the latest weekend's haul factored in, "Halloween Kills" has earned $90.9... The post Halloween Franchise Slashes Its Way Past $700 Million At the Box Office appeared first on /Film.

Halloween Franchise Slashes Its Way Past $700 Million At The Box Office

Thanks to the success of "Halloween Kills" over the past week and change at the box office, the iconic horror franchise has passed a major milestone. The "Halloween" series has now slashed its way past the $700 million mark worldwide, cementing it as not only one of the most enduring horror franchises of all time, but one of the most financially successful. Plus, Michael Myers still has a long way to go, with "Halloween Kills" just getting started, and "Halloween Ends" still waiting around the corner.

According to The Numbers, with the latest weekend's haul factored in, "Halloween Kills" has earned $90.9 million worldwide. That puts the franchise, overall, at $709.8 million. That impressive total spans 12 movies and more than four decades, dating back to the original John Carpenter slasher classic, which first hit theaters in 1978. Of note, the combined budgets for the movies total just $113.3 million, meaning that they have earned roughly 6.25 times that at the box office. Not to mention what has been earned through home video, merchandise, and other revenue streams.

A History Of Profitable Violence

When "Halloween" hit theaters in 1978, it essentially cemented the slasher franchise as we know it as a profitable template. Against a razor-thin reported budget in the $325 thousand range, the film earned $70 million at the box office. It is also widely regarded as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. That paved the way for a series of sequels, beginning with 1981's "Halloween II." It also opened the door for other hugely successful slashers, such as "Friday the 13th," "Child's Play," and "Scream," among many others.

The highest-grossing entry is 2018's "Halloween." Directed by David Gordon Green, the film completely abandoned the complicated continuity that had come before through various iterations of the series in favor of serving as a direct sequel to the original. With Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode, audiences turned up in droves to see Michael Myers return to the big screen. It earned $255.4 million worldwide, against a comparatively tiny $10 million budget. It remains the highest-grossing slasher movie in history.

How High Can Michael Fly?

That success paved the way for a new trilogy, which kicked off recently with "Halloween Kills." Even though it is streaming on Peacock as well, it has done exceedingly well at the box office up to this point, though it did suffer a big week-to-week drop. In any event, the series may well be near or past the $750 million mark before this movie wraps up its run. And let us not forget that "Halloween Ends" is due to arrive in theaters next October.

If we assume the pandemic has chilled out a bit by then, and if we assume that audiences will indeed wish to see how this iteration of the franchise wraps up, the saga of Michael and Laurie could finish up in glorious fashion. Is $900 million in reach? Perhaps. It all depends what Green cooks up with his third and final entry in the franchise. For now, Universal Pictures, John Carpenter, and everyone involved over the years can take a victory lap.

"Halloween Kills" is in theaters and streaming on Peacock now.

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Kristen Stewart Thinks She's Made Maybe 'Five Really Good Films'

With 56 credits to her name, Kristen Stewart has been consistently acting since she was 9 years old in her uncredited debut as "Girl in Water Fountain Line" in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "The Thirteenth Year" back in 1999. She would go on to star as Jodie Foster's daughter in David Fincher's "Panic Room," and soon after, at only 14-years-old, tackle the incredibly challenging role as a teenage sexual assault survivor in the film "Speak." Everything changed for Stewart, however, after she was cast as the protagonist Bella Swan in the wildly polarizing "Twilight" franchise. The visceral hatred toward the "Twilight" films has... The post Kristen Stewart Thinks She's Made Maybe 'Five Really Good Films' appeared first on /Film.

Kristen Stewart Thinks She's Made Maybe 'Five Really Good Films'

With 56 credits to her name, Kristen Stewart has been consistently acting since she was 9 years old in her uncredited debut as "Girl in Water Fountain Line" in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "The Thirteenth Year" back in 1999. She would go on to star as Jodie Foster's daughter in David Fincher's "Panic Room," and soon after, at only 14-years-old, tackle the incredibly challenging role as a teenage sexual assault survivor in the film "Speak." Everything changed for Stewart, however, after she was cast as the protagonist Bella Swan in the wildly polarizing "Twilight" franchise.

The visceral hatred toward the "Twilight" films has continued to plague both Kristen Stewart and her co-star Robert Pattinson's careers, despite the fact the last "Twilight" film was released nearly a decade ago. Yet, if you look at any announcement of a new role for either of them, or a review from any of their later work, everyone feels the need to compare/contrast their performances to that of a teen fantasy romance series. This "Twilight" stink has unfortunately impacted the roles offered to the two of them, and Kristen Stewart was reported this weekend in the Sunday Times as stating that selecting roles can be a "total crapshoot."

She then went on to say "I've probably made five really good films out of 45 or 50 films? Ones that I go, 'Wow, that person made a top-to-bottom beautiful piece of work!'" Stewart has always taken a self-deprecating approach to her career, but as a Twi-Hater turned staunch K-Stew defender, I am here to say that she is absolutely selling herself short.

More Than Bella Swan

Kristen Stewart noted that of the films she considered her best, that Olivier Assayas' films "Personal Shopper" and "Clouds of Sils Maria" are two of the best. "Personal Shopper" was the role that made many critics finally admit that she's more than Bella Swan, and "Clouds of Sils Maria" made her the first American actress to win a Cesar, the American equivalent of an Academy Award for her supporting role.

Stewart also clarified that even if the film doesn't turn out the best, that she doesn't regret the experience making the films. "I've only regretted saying yes to a couple of films and not because of the result, but because it wasn't fun," she said. "The worst is when you're in the middle of something and know that not only is it probably going to be a bad movie but we're all bracing until the end." She declined to say which films fell in the category of "not fun" because she didn't want to call out anyone in public. "But it's like starting to date someone and going, 'Woah! I don't know what we're doing!' But when you're in the middle of a movie you can't just break up," she joked.

Kristen Stewart's newest film "Spencer" is due out on November 5, 2021, and critics are already putting her performance in the Oscar conversation for Best Actress. If there's any justice in the world, K-Stew will shine as Princess Diana and win all of the accolades, and people will love Robert Pattinson's "The Batman" so much that the cloud of "Twilight" hate hanging above their heads will finally dissipate. Hey, a girl can dream.

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