Weekend Box Office (October 26 - 28, 2018)
THIS WEEKEND There were no changes to the gold, silver, and bronze winners as the top films remained the same as last week's with the horror sensation Halloween once again being the most popular choice among North American moviegoers. Universal's runaway hit dropped 58%, a reasonable figure for a horror franchise pic with a built-in audience, and grossed an estimated $32M in its sophomore session.
The cume has climbed to a robust $126.7M and reaching the vicinity of $175M is possible depending on how it fares once October 31st passes. Dozens of overseas markets opened contributing $25.6M this weekend boosting the global take to $172.3M with a lucrative Halloween holiday week ahead. All this with a modest $10M production budget.
Enjoying the second lowest decline of any film in the top ten was the music-driven smash A Star is Born which dipped only 26% in its fourth round to an estimated $14.1M. The Warner Bros. hit has spent every week of its run in second place and has risen to $148.7M heading to $190M or possibly $200M from North America. International grosses have risen to $104.6M putting the current global take at $253.3M with much more to come.
Off 40% in its fourth weekend was former number one Venom with an estimated $10.8M which boosted Sony's sum to a sturdy $187.3M surpassing the first Thor, Ant-Man, and Captain America movies. The Tom Hardy hit is now the third biggest movie of all-time to come out of October behind only Gravity ($274.1M) and The Martian ($228.4M). A domestic finish of about $210M seems likely which would put it just a bit behind the $216.6M of the last MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp. Worldwide, Venom broke $500M this weekend with $17.3M from international markets and $508.4M global with China still to come on November 9 which could send the final tally to the $650M neighborhood.
The top three films have now banked a stunning $462.7M to date domestically and over $900M worldwide redefining what is possible at the box office in October which historically has been one of the slower months on the calendar. Studios planted big titles in the month and are now enjoying a bountiful harvest. Families found Halloween fun again with the sequel Goosebumps 2 which slipped only 23% to an estimated $7.5M giving Sony $38.3M to date.
Gerard Butler failed to attract crowds to his new U.S.-Russia submarine thriller Hunter Killer which opened to only $6.7M, according to estimates, averaging a weak $2,445 from 2,720 locations. Lionsgate saw mixed and negative reviews for the R-rated film and competition from World Series games taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights factored in too. A quick journey to home entertainment platforms seems likely.
The Fox drama The Hate U Give dropped by 33% to an estimated $5.1M raising the total to $18.3M. Universal's space race disappointment First Man fell 41% to an estimated $4.9M for a cume to date of only $37.9M.
Holding up well in its fifth frame was the animated comedy Smallfoot with an estimated $4.8M, down 28%, putting Warner Bros. at $72.6M which is over three times its opening weekend figure. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish saw their comedy Night School drop 33% to an estimated $3.3M giving Universal $71.5M overall.
Indie film Mid90s from director Jonah Hill expanded and reached the ten spot with an estimated $3M for A24. The coming-of-age pic averaged a soft $2,488 from 1,206 locations and sits at $3.4M. Set in Los Angeles, Mid90s caught some bad luck having the Dodgers make it to the World Series on the very weekend it went wide.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $92.2M which was up a big 59% from last year when Jigsaw debuted at number one with $16.6M; and up 24% from 2016 when Boo! A Madea Halloween stayed in the top spot with $17.2M.
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|#||Title||Oct 26 - 28||Oct 19 - 21||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Halloween||$ 31,419,070||$ 76,221,545||-58.8||3,990||2||$ 7,874||$ 126,075,470||Universal|
|2||A Star is Born||14,037,079||19,051,082||-26.3||3,904||4||3,596||148,614,479||Warner Bros.|
|6||The Hate U Give||5,101,859||7,602,108||-32.9||2,375||4||2,148||18,301,864||Fox|
|11||The Old Man and the Gun||1,763,032||2,134,481||-17.4||1,042||5||1,692||7,177,129||Fox Searchlight|
|12||Johnny English Strikes Again||1,638,895||544||1||3,013||1,638,895||Universal|
|14||Bad Times At The El Royale||1,354,507||3,420,067||-60.4||1,798||3||753||16,548,243||Fox|
|16||House with a Clock in Its Walls||1,050,965||1,813,390||-42.0||1,042||6||1,009||66,523,980||Universal|
|19||Can You Ever Forgive Me?||356,365||161,510||120.6||25||2||14,255||586,504||Fox Searchlight|
|20||Crazy Rich Asians||350,113||539,848||-35.1||281||11||1,246||172,825,178||Warner Bros.|
|Top 5||$ 70,046,514||$ 131,364,822||-46.7|
|Top 20 vs. 2017||101,186,819||71,580,640||41.4|
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 28, 2018 at 2:35PM ET
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