Box Office Wrap Up: Venom, Star is Born Still Shine.
Defying expectations again, Venom remained the top film despite worries over negative reviews.
Sony can breath a sigh of relief. After coming out to massive ticket sales and massively negative reviews, Venom held strong for a second week and once again captured the top spot. The fact that last week’s number one and two films both held strong points to an October box office that is steamrolling towards the record books. While the new releases couldn’t take the crown away from last week’s winners, the week was a victory all around as sales remain high.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office held strong, dropping just 23% from last year’s record setting weekend. Compared to last year, the box rose 36% in total sales, taking in 136 million dollars. The strong October trend continued: the box office has made 420 million dollars in just the first two weeks. That is pacing 30 million dollars ahead of the record-setting 2014 season, which went on to post 858 million dollars (750 of it based on just October sales and not hold overs.) It will be a race, but 2018 has a chance to break that record.
Top Film Last Year: Happy Death Day.
Top Film Last Decade: Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Top Three Films.
Venom clung to the top spot, adding 35 million dollars to the roles and bringing its US take to 142 million. The film fell 56%, which is a touch better than Fox’s Logan and both Marvel Ant-Man movies. This points to a final tally between 180 and 220 million dollars when Venom finishes its theatrical run.
A Star is Born continued to deliver strong numbers. It fell just 33% in its second frame, taking in 28 million for a total just shy of 100 million dollars domestically.
Third place saw the first new wide release; First Man managed to land in the top three with 16 million in sales. It’s unlikely to catch La La Land‘s total for director Damien Chezelle, but it is the largest opening for the Oscar nominated director.
Goosebumps 2 edged into the top five with 15 million in sales. The second Goosebumps movie’s fate was uncertain since rumors of Jack Black not reprising his role from the first film were rampant and the studio didn’t release any promo footage with Black until a few week’s ago. While it didn’t make the 23 million of the first, it was facing competition from another Jack Black Halloween film in The House with a Clock in its Walls.
The third new arrival, Bad Times at the El Royale, had a rockier premier. The R-rated thriller took in just 7 million dollars against a 32 million dollar budget. Critics were positive about the film but audiences were mixed. It ended up in the seventh spot.