Two hotly anticipated films opened this weekend. Both had high expectations from their distributors and plenty of fans hoping for the best and predicting the worst. For both Sony and Warner Bros., it was a good weekend. Venom may have been slammed by the critics - I had good fun at it! - but it still raked in a very impressive $80m opening weekend from 4250 locations. That’s a record breaking number for the film, giving it the biggest opening weekend in October since Gravity, and it topped that film’s number by over $20m. Internationally, it’s already made an extra $125m, so it’s doubled its budget in less than a week. Sony will see that as a good sign for sequels and their planned Spidey-verse. I mostly hope it means we get more of Tom Hardy doing his ‘Nic Cage as Ace Ventura’ routine because I couldn’t get enough of it. It’ll be interesting to see the second week drop numbers and how that effects its longevity but I think Sony can breathe easy.
Debuting at number 2 is A Star is Born, with a hefty $41.25m from 3686 locations. Audiences were eager for this one - especially women. according to Box Office Mojo - and I honestly think it’s going to make hundreds of millions of dollars with ease. It’s basically critic-proof at this point, although the critics have universally been in favour of it. Expect a lengthy run into awards season.
Last week’s number 1 film, Night School, fell to number 4 with $12.2m, a place behind its competition Smallfoot. The biggest drop in the top ten came from The Predator, which fell a staggering 76% in only its 4th week. It’s still struggling to pass $50m domestically on an $88m budget.
The documentary bonanza of 2018 continues as Free Solo saw its gross increase by 83% as it added an extra 37 theatres to its run and made $540,000. That brought the film up 12 places on the chart.The Hate U Give opened in limited release with $500k from 36 locations - close to $14k per theatre. If Fox play their cards right, they could open this thing big and do gangbusters business.
I was curious as to how Christopher Robin jumped up 8 places and saw its gross jump 33% in its 10th week of release. Disney added close to 1000 theatres to its run, which is weird business, but then I saw how close the film is to making $100m domestically. They did this for A Wrinkle in Time too, although that film finally crossed the $100m mark and Christopher Robin is still sitting at $98m.
Want some numbers that will make you wince? Life Itself, still only in its third week of release, fell 95.5% in its gross. It took in only $29,637 this weekend. It dropped 2113 theatres from its run. So far, its domestic gross is just over $4m. Amazon, sort your shit out.
This coming week’s new releases include Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man and Chris Hemsworth sex-a-rama Bad Times at the El Royale.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend to escape the burning cesspool of politics? Let us know in the comments.
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