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Box Office Report: Did Anyone Expect the Gerard Butler Movie To Do Well?

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | October 29, 2018 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | October 29, 2018 |

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Happy Halloween week! I’m kind of surprised there aren’t more spooky releases this week but I guess everyone knew that Halloween was going to be a juggernaut and passed up the opportunity to be its competition. That’s looking like a smart move, as the film has taken in over $126m in ten days! Even with a 58% drop from last weekend, it still brought in over double its closest competitor, with $32m.

The numbers were equally impressive for A Star is Born, which is four weeks in and doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. An extra $14.1m in the bank gave it a $148m domestic gross, keeping it ahead of Venom one month in. Not that Tom Hardy’s lobster-palooza is failing. It’s close enough to $200m domestically for Sony to pop open a few champagne corks, and it soared past $500m internationally, so yes, we’re getting that sequel. Hit me up, Sony, I have a few ideas. They’re all weirdly psychosexual, of course.

The highest grossing new release of the weekend was Hunter Killer, which landed at number 5 with $6.65m. Ouch. But it’s a Gerard Butler movie. Did we really expect our shlocky favourite to start bringing in the big box office bucks? GEOSTOOOOOOOOOOORM!

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, is doing far better than expected and managed to crack the top ten as it expanded its release to over 1200 theatres. A24 strikes again!

The Oscar faves are slowly expanding too, with Amazon’s Beautiful Boy holding on strong as it increases its theatre numbers (grossing $1.4m in three weeks, current theatre run of 192). Can You Ever Forgive Me? opened to an extra 20 theatres and added a nice $380k to its total. But the indie hit of the weekend was Suspiria, which took in $179k from 2 theatres. As noted by Box Office Mojo, that’s the highest per-theatre average of the weekend. This film may actually find a wider audience, which is no mean feat given what it is. Amazon will be very happy with those numbers.

This coming week sees the release of Boy Erased, A Private War, Disney’s very weird attempt to make the Nutcracker a company brand, and Bohemian Rhapsody, which is ineptly made and morally repugnant and Rami Malek deserved better and ohmigod I hated that movie, AMA.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

What films did you watch last week? Let us know in the comments.

Kayleigh is a features writer and editor for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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