Box Office Wrap Up: Halloween Dominates Halloween!
Michael Myers slayed the competition again, helping to propel October 2018 to a record breaking finish.
Last week’s top three films had enough in the tank to push the box office over the finish line. The new releases, including many Oscar hopefuls making national expansions, were an afterthought. Only one of the new releases even finished in the top ten! It was the power of the big three October hits – Venom, A Star is Born and Halloween – that made the difference in securing the record for biggest October ever.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office was down 35% from last week, but up 35% from last year. The top ten contributed the majority of the earnings, with the top three accounting for about 60% of total sales. All films totaled to 103 million dollars, which brings October’s tally (with three days left) to 786 million dollars. This edges out the previous record holder, 2014, which banked 758 million in the month of October. 2018 now has the two top earning premiers of all time for October, and the overall earnings title.
Top Film Last Year: Jigsaw.
Top Film Last Decade: High School Musical 3.
Top Three Films.
I can just copy and past last week’s results here. Halloween took the top spot again, adding 32 million dollars to a cumulative tally of 126 million domestically and 172 million worldwide. Apparently the film isn’t as much of a barn burner abroad as it has been at home.
Second place saw A Star is Born repeat for a third week. It has taken in just shy of 150 million dollars in four weeks. That’s nearly double what Barbara Streisand‘s 1976 version took in – that iteration banked 80 million dollars by the end of its run.
Venom remained in the third spot for a second week. Sony’s Spider-Man-less Spider-Man movie added 10 million dollars to a hefty 187 million dollar haul in the US. This week it passed the 500 million dollar mark worldwide.
Hunter Killer surfaced in the top five, the only new release to make the top ten. It took in 6.6 million dollars, making this submarine flick the poorest showing for a Gerrard Butler film since 2012. The other two new releases fell outside the list, with Johnny English 3 taking 12th place and Indivisible taking 13th, both with about 1.5 million in sales.
Of all the movies expanding from limited release, Jonah Hill‘s Mid90’s faired the best. It added 1200 seats and notched the tenth spot, earning just shy of 3 million dollars.