|2.||“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”||Buena Vista||$20,000,000|
|4.||“A Star Is Born”||Warner Bros.||$11,100,000|
|8.||“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”||Sony||$3,700,000|
|10.||“The Hate U Give”||Fox||$3,400,000|
It was a big weekend for new releases, with three debuts claiming the top three spots at the box office.
Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” opened with an easy $50M. It is the thirteenth highest opening for 2018, coming in just behind “A Quiet Place,” which opened on a far less competitive weekend in April. “Bohemian Rhapsody” earned muted praise from critics, but audiences have embraced the film both in North America and overseas where it earned an additional $91M for a worldwide total of $141M in just three days.
Disney’s newest live-action fantasy, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opened in second place with $20M. The adaptation also sold $38M in international tickets. But with an undisclosed production budget, it’s unclear whether or not a $58M worldwide opening weekend is good. Its opening was lower than both of Disney’s other live-action releases this year, “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Christopher Robin.” But it is heading into the holiday season, which is prime time for a Christmas-themed family movie.
Tiffany Haddish is back in theaters with “Nobody’s Fool,” which debuted in third place with $14M. The comedienne has had quite a year already, starring in four films in 2018. This is the third to open with more than $10M. It didn’t get as much of a push with audiences, but considering it was produced for $19M, this opening is certainly commendable.
“A Star Is Born” shifted into fourth place with $11.1M. Bradley Cooper’s remake has earned $165M in the US and nearly $300M worldwide. Adjusting for inflation, it is behind the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand, but is still very successful in 2018 dollars.
The newest “Halloween” sequel closes out the top five just behind fourth with $11M. The horror flick has earned $150M in the US and $230M worldwide. And it widened its gap as the highest grossing slasher film, unadjusted. It is also the second highest grossing Blumhouse film, a few million behind last year’s best picture nominee, “Get Out.”
The rest of the top ten are returning from last week, but in a different order. “Venom” slides down to sixth place with $7.8M. The anti-hero is close to $200M in the US and passed $500M worldwide. “Smallfoot” actually moved up a spot from eighth to seventh with $3.8M. Warner Bros.’ animated yeti tale is narrowing in on $200M worldwide.
And this week’s eighth, ninth, and tenth place films were last week’s fourth, fifth, and sixth. “Goosebumps 2” has a worldwide take of $82M. “Hunter Killer” is at $13M with no international box office reported. And “The Hate U Give” closes out the top ten. The adaptation has earned $25M worldwide, most of that in domestic sales.
Next week’s releases include “The Front Runner,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” and “Overlord.”