Halloween Ends: Final Installment in Horror Franchise, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis

Halloween Kills
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Halloween Ends, the final installment in the horror franchise picked up $5.4 million at the box office in Thursday night previews.
From Universal, Blumhouse and Miramax, it opened in 3,200 theaters and will expand to 3,901 locations on Friday, in addition to launching on NBC’s streaming service Peacock.

The film should hack and slash its way to $50 million to $55 million in its opening weekend, according to projections, even with a same-day release on Peacock.

Last year’s “Halloween Kills” opened to $49 million at the box office and had the same Peacock release strategy, so an even bigger launch would be bloody good for the Universal film. “Halloween Kills” had a $4.9 million Thursday opening.

With a $20 million price tag to produce, it’ll be a killing at the box office and the first movie to hit a $50 million launch since this summer’s “Thor: Love and Thunder.” The 2018 “Halloween” will still stand as the franchise’s high-water mark with a $77 million opening.

Director David Gordon Green’s Halloween Ends picks up four years after “Halloween Kills,” with Laurie living with her granddaughter (Andi Matichack), working on a memoir and trying to enjoy a normal life.

A young man named Corey (Rohan Campbell) is then accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, which triggers a new wave of violence that forces Laurie to face Michael one last time.