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⭐ Box Office Top 5+ Movie Trivia, Oct. 14 - 16 ⭐

This weekend's box office champ is David Gordon Green's "Halloween Ends," a horror film starring Jamie Lee Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Andi Matichak, Rohan Campbell and Will Patton.

Peter Howell

Movie Critic

Movie box office results for the Oct. 14-16 weekend (all amounts US$) plus IMDb trivia:

1. Halloween Ends ($41.3M)

— This is the 13th film in the "Halloween" franchise and there are numerous callbacks to earlier instalments. Chief among them is the Blue Öyster Cult song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," which Laurie hears as a Muzak version while grocery shopping. It was heard in its original form in the first "Halloween" film in 1978.

2. Smile ($12.4M)

The feature film, based on a Parker Finn short called "Laura Hasn't Slept," was originally supposed to be titled, "Something's Wrong With Rose." It was renamed "Smile."

3. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile ($7.4M)

— The screenplay combines elements from author Bernard Waber's first two Lyle books: "The House on East 88th Street" (1962) and "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile" (1965).

4. The Woman King ($3.7M)

— The story of female warriors is set in the 1800s but modern events informed a scene in which a character recalls a sexual assault. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood referenced Christine Blasey Ford's testimony at Brett Kavanaugh's 2018 Supreme Court nomination hearing. She also asked the actress to read author Roxane Gay's book "Hunger," a memoir about Gay's rape.

5. Amsterdam ($2.9M)

— During filming, Christian Bale stopped talking on set to comedian Chris Rock, one of his many co-stars. Bale explained he found Rock too funny and he was laughing so hard, he couldn't concentrate on his acting. 🌓

Sources: Box Office Mojo,, Wikipedia

Twitter: @peterhowellfilm


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