‘Venom’ and ‘A Star is Born’ still lead the weekend box office


Venom remained box office champion for the second straight weekend while A Star is Born remained in second place as both films continued to follow their successful opening weekends.

Venom brought in $35.7 million during its second weekend and only dropped 55 percent. The film’s domestic gross stands around $143 million. The film also almost brought in $70 million internationally The film has brought in over $230 million internationally. A great first two weekends for the Sony/Marvel film.

A Star is Born remained in second place only dropping 39 percent and bringing in $28 million. The film is standing just under $95 million domestically, An excellent first two weekends for this film as it also brought in $20.2 internationally and has now brought in over $40 million internationally.

First Man opened in third place with $16.5 million. A decent opening for the Ryan Gosling film which is a bit lower than his last film Blade Runner 2049. I think that this film has the potential to reach $60-$70 million domestically. I will give it one more week inside the top five.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opened in fourth place with $16.2 million. This is a bit lower than the $23.6 million opening of the original back in 2015. I don’t think this film remains inside the top five after this weekend and I think the domestic gross finishes under $55 million.

Smallfoot rounds out the top five with $9.3 million. The animated film is closing in on $60 million domestically after three weeks of release.

The other new release of the week was the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. The film brought in $7.2 million which is a bit lower than expected. I’m thinking this film has the chance to reach $40 million domestically.

The Hate U Give opened in ninth place with a limited release opening. The film brought in $1.8 million from only 248 locations. The film will expand to wide release next week which will improve its box office performance.

Night School ($8 million), The House with a Clock in Its Walls ($4 million) and A Simple Favor ($1.4 million) round out the rest of the top ten.

I think Venom’s time as box office champion will end next weekend as we get the opening of the highly anticipated sequel Halloween, which is a sequel to the 1978 classic of the same name. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as the infamous Laurie Strode. I’m going to go ahead and predict that this film will deliver the largest opening of the Halloween franchise.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Sony Pictures: $51.9 million

Warner Bros.: $38.7 million

Universal: $28.5 million

20th Century Fox: $9 million

Lionsgate: $1.4 million

GVN Releasing: $1.2 million

Bleecker Street: $1 million

Next week’s openings: Halloween, The Hate U Give (expands wide)



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