|2.||“A Star Is Born”||Warner Bros||$41,250,000|
|5.||“The House with a Clock in Its Walls”||Universal||$7,295,000|
|6.||“A Simple Favor”||Lionsgate||$3,435,000|
|9.||“Crazy Rich Asians”||Warner Bros||$2,060,000|
|10.||“The Predator (2018)”||Fox||$900,000|
Marvel’s latest creation, “Venom,” easily won the weekend box office. The movie, which stars Tom Hardy in the title role, exceeded expectations with an $80M opening. Considering the generally negative reviews and underwhelmed audience reactions, this is a big number. In fact, it is the highest opening weekend ever for an October release. Worldwide, the anti-Spider-Man added $125M for a three day total of $205M. Looks like the beginning of a new franchise.
Also exceeding expectations was Bradley Cooper‘s remake of the remake of the remake of “A Star Is Born.” With a second place debut of $41M, it’s only the first time this year that two films have opened in the one and two spot with such high box office sales. The soundtrack also hit on Friday, and Lady Gaga became the year’s most downloaded artist on iTunes within hours. The film also premiered overseas and now has a worldwide total of $56M.
In third place, “Smallfoot” continues to delight audiences. The Warner Bros. animated feature added $14.9M to its ticket sales. It currently sits at $75M worldwide. “Smallfoot” has been a welcome surprise in the animated feature category this year.
“Night School“ dropped from last week’s top spot down to number four. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish’s new comedy earned $12.2M for a US total of $46M and a worldwide $58M. Considering it was produced on a budget of $29M, this can hardly be classified as a failure, despite bad reviews.
The fantasy adventure, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” finished in fifth place with $7.3M. It cost $42M to make that film, which has earned $55M in the US and $79M worldwide.
Paul Feig‘s “A Simple Favor” moves down to sixth place with $3.4M. The dark comedy/thriller has grossed $76M worldwide in three weeks. It still trails Feig’s comedies, which include “Bridesmaids,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” and “Ghostbusters.” But this film has done very well for the genre. It’s also Lionsgate’s most successful film of the year.
Seventh, eighth, and ninth place were very close in total numbers, each moving down two spots from last week. “The Nun” did best with $2.6M and is closing in on $350M worldwide. “Hell Fest” was at $2.07M and is almost to $10M worldwide. And “Crazy Rich Asians” earned $2.06M and now has $225M worldwide.
And “The Predator” closes out the top ten this week with $900,000. It looks like the first film of 2018 to make it into the top ten with under $1 million.
Next week’s releases include “The Happy Prince,” “Goosebumps 2,” “First Man,” and “Bad Times at the El Royale.”