H2 vs TFD at the Box Office: Death (and Michael Myers) Defeat Michael Myers

The (almost) final weekend box office numbers are in, confirming our earlier report that David R. Ellis’ The Final Destination had emerged as the champ in its battle against Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. The numbers? $28.3 million (a whopping $9,079 per screen) for TFD (no doubt benefiting from its 3D price bump) and $17.4 million (a much smaller average of $5,754) for H2.

It was the best opening yet for a Final Destination film, but Zombie was about $9 million below his 2007 version.

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Adding insult to injury for H2, another Michael Myers stole a bit of its thunder. Yes, Inglourious Basterds, in which the Austin Powers star has a cameo, came in at No. 2, pushing Tyler Mane’s Myers down to third place. But, as we also learned a bit earlier today, there’s no need to shed any tears for The Shape since a 3D third chapter has already been greenlit for summer, 2010. Sigh.

But never mind all that hacking and slashing (and scalping) in the 1, 2, and 3 spots. No. 4 is held by the tenacious — and terrific — District 9 (review), which has already tripled its $30 million budget in only three weeks. Sequel and/or prequel talk is, of course, under way for it as well. We’ll have updates on that, along with who will be helming H3 and whether or not we’ve truly seen the final Final Destination as the filmmakers promised at Comic-Con, as it comes.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  • Cash Bailey

    I’m expecting an epic ‘Dinner For Fiends’ off this.

  • El Wray

    I haven’t seen Halloween 2 yet so I am reserving any and all judgment. However I will say that, as much as I love the FD movies, FD4 was doused in weak sauce. But hey they both opened on my birthday so who am I to complain?
    What’s brown and sticky? A stick.

  • DavidFullam

    Well H2 only cost about $15 million, it made $17 million opening weekend. So cost of initial production is covered. With DVD and overseas counted in later, it will be profitable, so more Halloween is on the way.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    I think marketing helped a lot. FD4 was marketed fairly well and for 3D, however the surcharge (which is about $2, at least at the theater I work at) I don’t think would have made an overly significant impact. As last I counted, only about 1,500 theaters have the new digital projectors, most have one, maybe two machines and few are completely equipped as I’ve been told they cost around $3million.

    After seeing it, I think H2 was marketed poorly and was pushed more like the first film than as its own. It was more like a character film and that wasn’t marketed as well.

    • G.D.

      How do you suggest a muddled mess with virtually no story should be marketed? It was marketed on the one thing it could be: Rob Zombie.

      • theGoldenSimatar

        I do agree Didn’t that FD4 would have still beaten H2, however if you delete the 3D screens, it would not have reached as far ahead, but still would have gotten so much.

        For how to market H2, I think concentrating more on Laurie as a person and Michael being developed would have drawn more interest.

        • Didn’t See It Coming

          No it wouldn’t have. If H2 was marketed as anything other than a slasher movie it would have made less money. The reason why it’s getting bad reviews is because the people thought it was a bad movie. If Zombie tried something different and it worked, it would have gotten better reviews. Plenty of filmmakers have done it before and succeeded. The problem here likes solely with Zombie’s incompetence. Not on the marketing.

        • G.D.

          How do you advertise either of those though?

          Do you have a shot of Laurie on the psychiatrist’s couch? Then you cut to a shot of her dancing on the table to Kick Out the Jams? Then you have her drinking? Then you have her screaming? Hardly a compelling trailer to make.

          And how exactly whas Michael developed? At all? He didn’t develop, in fact he devolved from the “abused boy turned killer” in the first one to a Terminator in a mask in the second one. Again, how did Michael “develop” and how do you market that?

    • Didn’t See It Coming

      The fraction of theatres showing TFD in 3D is not THAT large. It still would have trounced Halloween II. Halloween II got the reception it deserved.

      • Didn’t See It Coming

        I stand corrected. According to many sites the 3D gross accounts for 70% of the weekend gross. Either way, Halloween got the shit kicked out of it.

        • theGoldenSimatar

          If it wasn’t for 3D I don’t think that FD4 would have preformed as well, but it still would have beaten H2. I told customers when they came to me in box office that if they weren’t gonna pay for the 3D, I suggested just waiting for the DVD or when the movie comes on HBO or something because its pretty much exactly the same as the others spare for the different deaths.


    Here’s what we did at our theatre for Halloween II.But FD4 still is winning 5 to 1.

    Video and Photos from opening weekend of Halloween II at Premiere Cinemas 14 in Spanish Fort, Al. A costume party and contest was held, posters, H2 key chains, H2 t-shirts, Halloween DVD’s and Trick or Treat bags was handed out as prizes before and after shows on Friday and Saturday. The cast, crew and some of the guest dressed in Halloween costumes to make it feel more like Halloween for the guest with the film opening in August. We believe in giving a little something extra to our guest, to make every movie going experience as memorable as possible.


    • PelusaMG

      ZOMBIEFRIENDS: That shot of Michael Myers cleaning up is hilarious… In many ways, it kind of sums up the franchise right now!

  • Didn’t See It Coming

    Just like I said it would.

    • doubleh55

      How ironic 🙂

    • frank_dracman

      Gloat, my friend, for this victory is yours. I for one am shocked, nay, downright flabbergasted it did so poorly. It’s a good thing, as Martha would say. My faith in humanity has been restored (if only so marginally).