‘Venom’ has record breaking opening weekend at the box office

Venom, Tom Hardy, Sony, Marvel

The first weekend of October gave us a record breaking opening weekend and two strong openings for both of the new wide releases at the box office. 

The Sony/Marvel film Venom won the weekend box office by bringing in $80 million and set the record for the largest October opening ever, beating the previous record of $55.8 million set by Gravity back in 2013. I think this film has to potential to eclipse $200 million at the domestic box office.

Venom also did well internationally by bringing in $125.2 million for a worldwide opening of over $205 million. Still several international markets left to open should continue the international success of the film. The film has received mixed reviews but I do expect the film to remain inside the top five for several weeks.

A Star is Born opened in second place with $41.3 million. A solid opening for this film which is already receiving early awards season buzz. The film also delivered the tenth largest October opening of all-time. The film also brought in $14 million internationally and currently with very positive reviews, this film should also remain in the top five for several weeks.

Smallfoot dropped one spot to third place after taking a 35 percent drop during its second weekend. The animated film brought in $14.9 million and just passed $40 million domestically. The worldwide gross of the film stands at $75 million.

Kevin Hart’s Night School dropped 55 percent during its second weekend and finished in fourth place with $12.3 million and is approaching $50 million domestically. This is about how much I thought the film would drop during its second weekend.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls rounds out the top five with $7.3 million and crosses $55 million domestically after its third weekend. I predict this will be the final week that this film remains inside the top five.

The Nun crossed $110 million domestically and I think will fall just a bit short of being the highest grossing film of The Conjuring franchise. Crazy Rich Asians is close to crossing $170 million domestically and has currently spent eight weeks inside the top ten.

A Simple Favor ($3.4 million), Hell Fest ($2.1), The Predator ($900,000) round out the rest of the top ten.

I predict that Venom will win the box office for a second straight week but will face competition from A Star is Born as well as three new wide releases including First Man starring Ryan Gosling.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Sony Pictures: $81.1 million

Warner Bros.: $58.8 million

Universal: $19.6 million

Lionsgate: $3.5 million

CBS Films: $2.1 million

20th Century Fox: $1.4 million

Next week’s openings: Bad Times at the El Royale, First Man, Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween

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