BOX OFFICE REPORT
October 5-7, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|A Star Is Born||$41.2 million|
|Night School||$12.2 million|
|The House with a
Clock in Its Walls
Even with lousy reviews and getting mocked mercilessly online, Venom did whatever it wanted, gobbling up an estimated $80 million. That shatters both the most optimistic expectations, as well as the previous record for an October opening. (Gravity debuted with $55 million in 2013.) The film also pulled in an excellent $125 million internationally. It may have been the butt of jokes, but Sony is laughing all the way to the bank. Still, it's likely to have a pretty big drop in its second weekend.
A Star Is Born delivered a pretty stellar debut itself, especially for an R-rated movie aimed specifically at adults. With $41.2 million, the early front runner for Best Picture is off to an excellent start. The fourth version of the film has received near-rapturous reviews at major film festivals, and was a big hit with audiences as well. Expect this one to have long legs.
Smallfoot fell to No. 3, dropping a mere 35 percent. That's a good hold for any animated movie. Night School tumbled to No. 4. Still, it's likely to finish with more than double its budget, and further solidifying the star power of Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The House with a Clock in Its Walls slid to fifth place. It will soon have topped such higher-profile movies as Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Studio 54, a documentary on the legendary New York nightclub. The film made $15,000 on its lone screen.
- The Hate U Give had a strong debut in limited release. The excellent adaptation of the YA novel about a police shooting averaged $13,889 on its 36 screens. It goes wide on October 19.
- Free Solo continues to wow audiences. Expanding to 41 screens this week, the documentary about an insane free climb of El Capitan averaged more than $13,000 again.
It's going to be a pretty big showdown, and I'm predicting at least 4 of the top 5 films will make more than $20 million, a rarity. The new movies: the family-friendly scares of Goosebumps 2, the historical high stakes of the moon landing in First Man, and the wild thrills of Bad Times at the El Royale. So who comes out on top? I'm predicting an excellent hold for A Star Is Born to jump to No. 1, somewhere around $30 million. Venom will be close behind, around $28 million. First Man will earn $26 million, while Goosebumps 2 will have just $22 million (roughly what its predecessor did). That leaves Bad Times in fifth place with only $10 million. Would I be shocked if that order gets all mixed up? Absolutely not.