The new Halloween absolutely slaughtered its competition at the weekend box office — and pretty much every other slasher film in history. Move over, Freddy Krueger. Take a seat, Jason. Michael Myers is the new slasher box-office champ.

Bowing with an incredible $77.5 million gave the new Halloween — directed by David Gordon Green and featuring the franchise’s original star, Jamie Lee Curtis — the biggest opening weekend in the history of the slasher genre. (The previous champ was the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, which grossed $40.7 million in its first three days in theaters.)

Here’s the weekend’s full box-office chart:

FilmWeekendPer ScreenTotal
2A Star Is Born$19,300,000 (-32%)$4,969$126,376,246
3Venom$18,105,000 (-48%)$4,658$171,125,095
4Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$9,715,000 (-38%)$2,759$28,804,812
5First Man$8,565,000 (-46%)$2,353$29,999,050
6The Hate U Give$7,500,000 (+331%)$3,257$10,641,873
7Smallfoot$6,615,000 (-27%)$2,182$66,366,035
8Night School$5,000,000 (-35%)$2,178$66,906,825
9Bad Times at the El Royale$3,300,000 (-53%)$1,175$13.341,801
10The Old Man & the Gun$2,050,000 (+123%)$2,556$4,200,856

Halloween also had the second-biggest opening for any October film ever, behind Venom from just three weeks ago. And it was the second-biggest opening ever for an R-rated horror film of any kind — slasher, splatter, psychological horror, killer clowns, what have you — behind only the $123 million that It made last October.

When it comes to horror movies led by women, it broke a couple more records:

And here’s another record for you: It’s also the biggest opening weekend ever for its producers, the prolific and economical horror specialists at Blumhouse Productions. Speaking of economical: The new Halloween reportedly cost just $10 million to make, which means even after marketing costs, the movie is already close to turning a profit, if it hasn’t already. Clearly the gambit to wipe the franchise’s slate clean and return the series back to its roots — with Curtis once again squaring off with Michael Myers — was an idea that appealed to audiences. How long before Freddy and Jason follow suit?

Gallery - References to the Original Halloween in the New Film:

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