Can ‘Halloween Kills’ and ‘The Last Duel’ Scare Up Bond-Busting Box Office Numbers?

”Halloween“ reboot sequel is expected to take No. 1 this weekend as it opens in theaters and on Peacock

After Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” and MGM’s “No Time to Die” posted opening weekends that rank in the top 5 for 2021, Universal/Blumhouse’s “Halloween Kills” and 20th Century’s “The Last Duel” are expected to open to more modest numbers.

“Halloween Kills,” a direct sequel to the 2018 reboot of the Jamie Lee Curtis horror saga, is currently tracking for a $35-40 million opening weekend, with Universal projecting an opening on the lower end of that scale.

Between the lingering effects of the pandemic, competition from “Venom 2” and Bond” and the diminished nostalgia factor that the 2018 film enjoyed with Curtis’ return to her first film role, “Halloween Kills” was never expected to reach the $76 million opening attained by its predecessor.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster