BOX OFFICE REPORT
October 26-28, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|A Star Is Born||$14.1 million|
|Hunter Killer||$6.6 million|
Michael Myers was unstoppable once again on the last weekend before Halloween. The sequel fell 58 percent – typical for horror movies – taking in another $32 million. In just 10 days it's become the biggest horror movie of the year, earning $10 million more than The Nun did during its entire run. By next week, it should surpass both The Conjuring and The Blair Witch Project to become the fourth-biggest R-rated horror movie of all time.
A Star Is Born made it four consecutive weeks at No. 2, which is a modern record, if not an all-time record. (That's one stat sites like Box Office Mojo don't keep track of.) It will surpass La La Land in just a few days, making it one of the biggest musicals ever. Given the lack of movies for adults throughout the next two months, expect it to keep sticking around.
Venom dropped to No. 3. It hasn't quite crossed $200 million domestically yet, but it became the 13th movie of the year to make more than half a billion dollars worldwide. (You know what movie didn't do that? Solo.) Goosebumps 2 held well – not surprising, given the season – and has now earned back its budget. Hunter Killer couldn't surface more than $6.6 million, so don't expect the submarine thriller to enjoy a renaissance.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino's ultra-violent horror remake. The film scared up the biggest per-theater average of the year, with a massive $89,903 on its pair of screens.
- Mid90s earned a solid expansion. Jonah Hill's coming-of-age story has earned polarizing reviews, but jumped up more than 1,000 percent, earning $3 million.
- Audiences just weren't interested in the return of bumbling spy Johnny English or the Christian marriage drama Indivisible. Finishing 12th and 13th, respectively, they'll fade from memory after two weeks.
It's obvious what will be No. 1, but exactly by how much will be tricky. The Nutcracker is a perennial holiday favorite, at least among local ballets. But on the big screen? Its track record is pretty dire. The most any movie based on this story has made is... $2 million. The last version cost nearly $100 million and didn't even crack $200,000. Obviously, this big-budget Disney adaptation (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) will make much more than that. But how much exactly? It won't be as big as its live-action remakes, and probably not as big as Alice in Wonderland. But I would be shocked if it outright flops. So I'm going to hedge my bets and say it will be No. 1, but only with about $50 million. Nobody's Fool should be No. 2 with around $30 million, and Bohemian Rhapsody in third with $25 million.