Weekend Box Office (October 5 - 7, 2018)
THIS WEEKEND Generating summer numbers in the fall with a new October record was the dark comic book actioner Venom which flew past industry expectations to open with an eye-popping $80M, according to estimates. The PG-13 entry starring Tom Hardy averaged a sizzling $18,831 from 4,250 theaters and rocketed past the previous highs for the biggest opening weekend of all-time for this month which were $55.8M for 2013's Gravity and $54.3M for 2015's The Martian.
While not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Venom did beat the opening of the last MCU pic which was Ant-Man and the Wasp's $75.8M from last July. That is quite an accomplishment especially since overall moviegoing is slower at this time of year and reviews were quite negative. Film critics clearly gave a thumbs down across the board, however paying audiences had a much different opinion. They were looking for two hours of big-screen fun and they liked what they got. The CinemaScore grade was a B+. Just like with 2016's Suicide Squad, comic fans did not let bad reviews get in the way and instead came out for the darker side of this genre.
Sony will keep the Spidey franchise going with the animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Verse opening on December 14 followed by next summer's live-action Spider-Man: Far From Home opening for the Independence Day holiday and being the first MCU film to follow the next eagerly-awaited Avengers movie.
Produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal, Venom managed to secure a huge global opening weekend of $205.2M as international markets were on fire with an additional $125.2M. Top markets were Korea at $15.7M, Russia with $11.7M, the U.K. at $9.3M and Mexico with $7.1M. Sony is still trying to secure a release in China.
Though opening with half as much money, the music-driven remake A Star is Born powered its way to a sensational debut in second place grossing an estimated $41.3M from 3,686 locations for a sturdy $11,191 average. That beat out the $35M bow of the recent Mamma Mia sequel which also played to a mature female audience. Including mid-week sneaks, the R-rated Star sits at $42.6M.
Critics gave glowing reviews and Oscar buzz has been flowing for some time now. Starpower from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directs) played a big part and strong word-of-mouth from audiences will help keep this one going in the weeks ahead. The CinemaScore was an A and studio data showed that the crowd was 66% female and 86% over age 25.
These two new releases combined for a stunning $121.3M in ticket sales leading the marketplace to the biggest October weekend of all-time.
Sophomore releases followed. The Warner Bros. animated comedy Smallfoot dropped a reasonable 35% to an estimated $14.9M to boost the cume to $42.8M. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish saw a 55% slide for their comedy Night School which took in an estimated $12.3M in its second weekend for a $46.8M sum for Universal.
The studio also ranked next with The House With a Clock in Its Walls which grossed an estimated $7.3M, down 42%, giving the fantasy adventure $55.1M to date. A Simple Favor followed dropping 48% to an estimated $3.4M for $49M overall for Lionsgate.
Fright films followed as The Nun did an estimated $2.6M for Warners and Hell Fest collected an estimated $2.1M for CBS, both falling by more than half. New totals are $113.4M and $8.9M, respectively.
Sleeper hit Crazy Rich Asians pulled in an estimated $2.1M, off 50%, putting Warner Bros. at $169.1M. The studio placed four different films in the top ten this weekend. Rounding out the list was Fox's The Predator with an estimated $900,000, off a disturbing 77%, and $50M to date.
Opening in limited release outside of the top ten was the critically acclaimed drama The Hate U Give which posted a debut of an estimated $500,000 from 36 locations for a per-theater average of $13,889 for Fox. THUG goes nationwide on October 19.
The top ten films grossed an October record estimate of $166.8M which was up 72% from last year when Blade Runner 2049 debuted at number one with $32.8M; and up 79% from 2016 when The Girl on the Train opened in the top spot with $24.5M.
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|#||Title||Oct 5 - 7||Sep 28 - 30||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Venom||$ 80,255,756||4,250||1||$ 18,884||$ 80,255,756||Sony|
|2||A Star is Born||42,908,051||3,686||1||11,641||44,258,051||Warner Bros.|
|5||House with a Clock in Its Walls||7,332,665||12,605,120||-41.8||3,463||3||2,117||55,089,225||Universal|
|6||A Simple Favor||3,424,954||6,540,666||-47.6||2,408||4||1,422||49,004,310||Lionsgate|
|7||The Nun||2,703,281||5,428,875||-50.2||2,264||5||1,194||113,460,591||Warner Bros.|
|8||Crazy Rich Asians||2,166,626||4,102,788||-47.2||1,466||8||1,478||169,241,568||Warner Bros.|
|9||Hell Fest||2,083,759||5,130,963||-59.4||2,297||2||907||8,873,235||CBS Films|
|11||White Boy Rick||603,341||2,402,240||-74.9||880||4||686||23,351,427||Sony|
|13||The Hate U Give||512,035||36||1||14,223||512,035||Fox|
|18||The Old Man and the Gun||403,928||142,131||184.2||49||2||8,243||594,383||Fox Searchlight|
|19||The Wife||383,403||714,351||-46.3||358||8||1,071||6,790,237||Sony Classics|
|20||Mission: Impossible - Fallout||321,576||621,619||-48.3||361||11||891||219,754,005||Paramount|
|Top 5||$ 157,413,956||$ 74,877,911||110.2|
|Top 20 vs. 2017||173,372,441||102,292,291||69.5|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: October 7, 2018 at 2:35PM ET
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