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Halloween Kills topped the U.S. box office over the weekend with $50.4 million opening weekend despite being released simultaneously on streaming. The same could not be said of Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, which debuted at an abysmal $4.8 million.

In a first for a release of its kind, Halloween Kills, managed a killer weekend despite being released at the same time on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform. The previous record holder was Godzilla vs Kong which debuted with $31.6 million. Not bad considering same day releases severely affected both Space Jam: A New Beginning and The Suicide Squad at the box office.

While it’s a fairy tale opening for Halloween, the same cannot be said of The Last Duel, which bombed with a $4.8 million opening. This was despite being released exclusively in cinemas. This is a disastrous result as the film cost over $100 million to make.

The reason for this disaster has been placed on older cinema goers who are still skittish about returning to the cinema whilst COVID is still rampant in many parts of the U.S. If this sounds like an oversimplification, you’re probably right, but it is worth noting that over half of the ticket buyers for The Last Duel were over 35. That demographic made up just 27% of the audience for Halloween Kills. The bulk of the audience who saw Halloween were young men who have consistently shown throughout the pandemic the greatest willingness to see films at the cinema.

Critics have been very kind to The Last Duel as the current Rotten Tomatoes critic score stands at 86% and an audience score slightly lower at 79%. Halloween Kills, however, has received a much poorer reception from critics with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 39%, though audiences have been more positive, giving the film a 71% approval score.

In other entertainment news, Scream has returned after 10 years with a terrifying new trailer.

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