Box Office Wrap Up: Halloween Treats Box Office.
October continues to deliver as Halloween smashes records for a big 76 million dollar debut.
We came very close to seeing the October all-time record fall twice in the same year. The latest installment of the Halloween slasher franchise stalked the box office with a gigantic premier, narrowly avoiding unseating 2018’s Venom for the record. Powered by this big launch, the overall box office soared to a near record shattering 166 million dollars…once again just shy of surpassing the Venom-led record set just two weeks ago. If there was any doubt that fall horror movies are in fashion, this weekend set the record straight!
This Week in Box Office History.
There was only one new release last weekend, but that didn’t hold the box office back. Halloween took in the lion’s share of the earnings, but the overall ticket sales were strong. Combining for 166 million dollars, the frame fell 11 million shy of breaking the all-time October mark. Overall the box office was up 20% against last week and 72% versus last year.
The race for the biggest October of all time is on: 2014 still holds the record with 758 million dollars. Looking at year to date comparisons, 2018’s total of 632 million is in striking distance. It will all depend on how well Halloween can hold up in its second week and how big the new arrivals, Hunter Killer and Indivisible, can land.
Top Film Last Year: A Madea Halloween 2.
Top Film Last Decade: Max Payne.
Top Three Films.
Halloween 2018 delivered the largest opening in franchise history with 76 million dollars. That nearly doubles the original film’s entire box office run. The closest rival, Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot, only grossed 26 million upon opening. Even the return of Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic protagonist in Halloween: H20 back in 1998 opened with 16 million. When compared to the minuscule 10 million dollar budget, this is a smash hit for Universal, which has had a solid year with horror franchises like Insidious and The Purge.
A Star is Born finally surpassed Venom in its third weekend, remaining in the second spot. The musical drama sang its way to another 19 million dollars, adding to its gargantuan 136 million dollar domestic take. If the Oscar buzz pans out for this movie, it could put up a run similar to Bradley Cooper’s last Oscar nominated film, American Sniper.
Venom fell to third place after two weekends on top. The anti-hero origin story racked up 176 million dollars domestically so far, putting it in striking distance of passing true MCU origin films like Captain America, Ant-Man and Thor. With global sales figured in, Venom is sitting just shy of 500 million dollars in total sales.
In limited release, Robert Redford’s The Old Man and the Gun held on to tenth place. It expanded to 800 theaters and added 2 million dollars to its total. So far, it has taken in 4.2 million in four weeks of limited release.