‘Halloween Kills’ Has Fantastic Opening At The Box Office, While ‘The Last Duel’ Falls Hard

Some good and bad news to report from this past weekend’s box office. Let’s start with the good.

Halloween Kills‘ had a pretty fantastic opening with a cool $50.4 million over its debut weekend. That’s a super impressive number, especially when you remember it’s currently available to stream on Peacock. So people have the option to watch this at home, but they’re choosing to hit up the local cinema.

Most experts predicted the movie would bring in around $35 or $40 million, so yeah, you can bet the studio is celebrating this $50 million haul.

The opening for the film — which sees masked killer Michael Myers once again dice up the residents of Haddonfield, Illinois — is a steep drop compared to its predecessor, which opened to $76 million in 2018. However, 2018 and 2021 are very different landscapes for the theater industry considering there’s a pandemic going on and streaming is a mightier force than it was just a few years ago.

Now what about the bad news? Well, ‘The Last Duel‘ starring Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon stumbled hard during its opening weekend.

The drama, which is set in 14th century France, bombed, grossing a pallid $4.8 million. That’s a disastrous result given that the film cost north of $100 million to make, as well as a sign that older audiences remain skittish about returning to theaters when COVID and its variants are still circulating. More than half of the audience for ‘The Last Duel’ was comprised of ticket buyers over the age of 35.

That seems to be the trend here. Surprisingly, it’s the younger audience supporting theaters right now, which you may not expect at first, given they consume everything online now.

But they are also eager to get out, hang with friends and fear the virus less, so if you think about it, the numbers make sense.

Hopefully younger people continue to hit up the movies, even after the pandemic ends.

Watch Matt Damon And Adam Driver In First Trailer For Ridley Scott’s Latest Film ‘The Last Duel’

Four-time Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott is back with another potential masterpiece. The 83-year-old is the director behind ‘The Last Duel’ which was co-written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener.

The historical epic stars Damon, Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Harriet Walter.

Set during the Hundred Years War, Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.

Lots going on there, and historical epics aren’t typically my jam, but with this ridiculously talented crew…I’m still excited to check it out.

The Last Duel is set to hit theaters October 15, 2021, and it should make a huge splash at the box office.

Check out the trailer below…