Weekend Box Office (October 12 - 14, 2018)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Venom had a reasonable hold to stay at the top of the charts this weekend while a bunch of new releases performed somewhere between middling and mediocre.
Critics may have savaged it but paying audiences continue to enjoy Venom as the Marvel anti-hero fell a reasonable (for a comic book property) 55% in its second weekend to an estimated $35.7M bringing its cume up to $142.8M. Internationally it added an estimated $69.7M to bring its overseas cume to $235.3M for a worldwide total of an impressive $378.1M.
In second for a second straight weekend was the critically acclaimed A Star is Born which had the best hold in the top 10 falling a slim 34.7% to an estimated $28M bringing its total to $97M. When audiences and critics both love a film, Oscar usually comes knocking.
Opening with less than desirable numbers was the latest from Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, First Man. The story of the race to put a man on the moon took in an estimated $16.5M from 3,640 theaters for a per screen average of $4,533. Critics loved the film as it sits at 88% positive on Rotten Tomatoes but audiences didn't give it the same love as A Star is Born as it sits at a B+ CinemaScore (compared to the A grade for A Star is Born). The film barely finished above...
Goosebumps 2 which opened to an estimated $16.2M from 3,521 theaters for a per screen average of $4,608. Critics and fans both didn't care for the film yet it almost toppled a film that was expected to get serious Oscar buzz. Will there be a third film to close out the trilogy? Only time will tell.
In fifth place, the animated Smallfoot fell a decent 35% in its third weekend to an estimated $9.3M bringing its total up to $57.6M. The comedy Night School took in $8M, according to estimates, bringing its cume up to $59.8M also after three weekends.
The final debut in the top 10 was in seventh with Bad Times at the El Royale which opened in 2,808 theaters to an estimated $7.2M for a per screen average of only $2,573. Critics were on the positive side of mixed while audiences only gave it a B- CinemaScore which means it won't last too long.
Jack Black returns for a second top 10 appearance with The House With a Clock in Its Walls which took in just under $4M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $62.2M after a month.
Adding 212 screens this weekend and jumping into ninth place was The Hate U Give which added an estimated $1.76M bringing its cume up to $2.47M. Currently it sits at an amazing 97% positive on Rotten Tomatoes. Next weekend will determine its fate as it expands into over 2,000 theaters nationwide.
Rounding out the top 10 was the thriller A Simple Favor which added an additional $1.4M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $52M after five weeks.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $128.1M which was up 44% from last year when Happy Death Day debuted at number one with $26M; and up 51% from 2016 when The Accountant opened in the top spot with $24.7M.
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|#||Title||Oct 12 - 14||Oct 5 - 7||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Venom||$ 35,006,107||$ 80,255,756||-56.4||4,250||2||$ 8,237||$ 142,108,258||Sony|
|2||A Star is Born||28,445,205||42,908,051||-33.7||3,708||2||7,671||94,605,565||Warner Bros.|
|7||Bad Times At The El Royale||7,132,647||2,808||1||2,540||7,132,647||Fox|
|8||House with a Clock in Its Walls||3,844,240||7,332,665||-47.6||2,791||4||1,377||62,119,740||Universal|
|9||The Hate U Give||1,736,842||512,035||239.2||248||2||7,003||2,449,156||Fox|
|10||The Nun||1,345,355||2,703,281||-50.2||1,174||6||1,146||115,900,401||Warner Bros.|
|11||A Simple Favor||1,329,701||3,424,954||-61.2||1,452||5||916||51,987,209||Lionsgate|
|13||Crazy Rich Asians||1,037,228||2,166,626||-52.1||738||9||1,405||171,326,596||Warner Bros.|
|15||The Old Man and the Gun||917,679||403,928||127.2||228||3||4,025||1,702,603||Fox Searchlight|
|17||Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava||800,000||220||1||3,636||1,800,000||LAtelugu|
|18||Hell Fest||640,551||2,083,759||-69.3||868||3||738||10,451,231||CBS Films|
|20||The Sisters Brothers||263,803||203,525||29.6||129||4||2,045||1,076,287||Annapurna|
|Top 5||$ 104,326,439||$ 157,413,956||-33.7|
|Top 20 vs. 2017||134,461,829||102,292,291||31.4|
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 14, 2018 at 3:15PM ET
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