“Halloween Kills,” the upcoming entry in Universal’s slasher franchise, will debut on Peacock on the same day as its theatrical release.
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the avenging teen babysitter-turned-grandmother Laurie Strode, “Halloween Kills” is scheduled to debut on Oct. 15. The scary sequel will be available to Peacock Premium subscribers at no extra fee. The service, which launched in 2020, runs at $4.99 or $9.99 per month.
Universal first deployed a day-and-date strategy on Peacock earlier this summer with its animated kid’s movie “The Boss Baby: Family Business.” At the box office, the film made $57 million in the U.S. and Canada and $48 million internationally. That isn’t a bad result given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, though it expectedly didn’t come close to matching ticket sales for the first film, which premiered five years ago at a time in which the thought of a world-altering pandemic felt like the plot of a dystopian Steven Soderbergh movie. The 2016 film “The Boss Baby” became a surprise hit, grossing $175 million in North America and $352 million overseas.
The studio didn’t report the number of people who opted to watch the exploits of the entrepreneurial toddler, voiced by Alec Baldwin, on Peacock. However, the company’s corporate overlords must have been happy with the results since it’s replicating the hybrid release model for “Halloween Kills,” which had the potential to make a killing in theaters. It’s a sequel to 2018’s “Halloween,” which revived a decades-old franchise and generated $255 million globally, making it the highest-grossing slasher film in history, unadjusted for inflation.
Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Blumhouse, “Halloween Kills” takes place minutes after Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left the masked murderer Michael Myers — who has been torturing the eldest Strode for essentially her entire life — caged and burning in the basement. But as Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Michael manages to free himself and continue his ritual bloodbath.
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