‘Halloween’ Killed but ‘The Last Duel’ Is Dead as ‘No Time to Die’ Lives On

‘Halloween’ Killed but ‘The Last Duel’ Is Dead as ‘No Time to Die’ Lives On
It’s a strange time for theaters. With a $50 million opening weekend for “Halloween Kills,” that means the Universal title won’t have Premium Video on Demand play for 31 days… but how meaningful is that when the Blumhouse/Miramax sequel is already available free to Peacock subscribers?

Even with home access, it still grossed only $5 million less than “No Time to Die” last weekend. The production cost for the horror franchise was less than one-tenth of Daniel Craig’s James Bond finale.

“Kills” by far has the largest opening total for any film to premiere on a streamer with no PVOD charge (“Black Widow” cost $29.99). It bested “A Quiet Place Part 2” (Paramount) despite that film’s Memorial Day weekend placement, no competition of note, and of course theater exclusivity.

Since it lacked premium-screen surcharge admissions, “Kills” probably sold as many tickets as Bond did last weekend. The Peacock access also
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