Weekend Actuals: ‘Venom’ ($35.0M) Tops ‘A Star Is Born’ ($28.4M) for No. 1; ‘First Man’ ($16.0M) Edges ‘Goosebumps 2’ ($15.8M)

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Sunday Update:

Sony’s Venom won the box office weekend for a second frame with a confirmed $35.0M. Although it maintains its lead, it does so by a much narrower margin than its prior commanding victory. The film declined -56.4%, in line with Logan‘s second-weekend drop last year.

Narrowing the gap was Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Bornrunner-up for a second straight frame with a confirmed $28.4M. The title declined -33.7%, a solid hold indicating positive word of mouth. Despite the most optimistic projections that it could snatch the weekend lead from Venom — bolstered by Star actually outperforming its competitor on Thursday — that failed to pass.

Universal’s First Man failed to quite blast off as hoped with a third place start of $16.0M. That was lower than pre-release projections, which had it in the $17M-$25M range.

Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween took fourth place with a $15.8M debut. That was about in line with the pre-release expectation, which itself was below the opening of the original Goosebumps $23.6M opening on this same weekend in 2015.

Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale started at the lowest end of pre-release expectations with a seventh place debut of $7.1M.

Comparisons

Total box office this weekend was $136.2M.

That’s -23.2% behind last weekend, but +35.6% ahead of this same weekend last year, when Happy Death Day led with $26.0M.

Year-to-date box office stands at $9.31B. That’s +10.2% ahead of this same date last year, up from +9.6% after last weekend.

Demographics

Key audience demographics for top or new titles this weekend:

Film Gender split Under 25 Over 50
Venom 66.0% male 41.7% 16.7%
A Star Is Born 55.1% female 19.2% 54.3%
First Man 61.2% male 16.2% 65.7%
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween 56.4% male 61.5% 21.4%
Bad Times at the El Royale 69.0% male 13.9% 63.1%

The most male audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Bad Times at the El Royale at 69.0%, while the most female audience was A Star Is Born at 55.1%.

The most under-25 audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at 61.5%, while themost over-25 audience was Bad Times at the El Royale at 86.1%.

A full demographic breakdown of the top 30 movies this weekend, courtesy of BoxofficeProfile by Vertigo, is included below:

Our full table of weekend actuals is below, followed by our Sunday update featuring fuller analysis.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, OCT. 12 – SUN, OCT. 14

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Venom $35,006,107 -56% 4,250 0 $8,237 $142,108,258 2 Sony / Columbia
2 A Star is Born $28,445,205 -34% 3,708 22 $7,671 $94,605,565 2 Warner Bros.
3 First Man $16,006,065 3,640 $4,397 $16,006,065 1 Universal
4 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween $15,802,225 3,521 $4,488 $15,802,225 1 Sony
5 Smallfoot $9,066,837 -37% 3,606 -525 $2,514 $57,375,058 3 Warner Bros.
6 Night School $7,751,255 -38% 2,780 -239 $2,788 $59,560,205 3 Universal
7 Bad Times At The El Royale $7,132,647 2,808 $2,540 $7,132,647 1 20th Century Fox
8 The House With A Clock In Its Walls $3,844,240 -48% 2,791 -672 $1,377 $62,119,740 4 Universal Pictures
9 The Nun $1,345,355 -50% 1,174 -1090 $1,146 $115,900,401 6 Warner Bros.
10 A Simple Favor $1,329,701 -61% 1,452 -956 $916 $51,987,209 5 Lionsgate

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Hate U Give $1,736,842 239% 248 212 $7,003 $2,449,156 2 20th Century Fox
2 Gosnell: The Trial Of America’s Biggest Serial Killer $1,162,988 668 $1,741 $1,162,988 1 GVN Releasing
3 Crazy Rich Asians $1,037,228 -52% 738 -728 $1,405 $171,326,596 9 Warner Bros.
4 Colette $999,713 103% 543 436 $1,841 $2,552,166 4 Bleecker Street
5 The Old Man & The Gun $917,679 127% 228 179 $4,025 $1,702,603 3 Fox Searchlight
6 Free Solo $890,760 58% 129 88 $6,905 $2,175,401 3 National Geographic Entertainment
7 Hell Fest $640,551 -69% 868 -1429 $738 $10,451,231 3 Lionsgate / CBS Films
8 The Sisters Brothers $263,803 30% 129 75 $2,045 $1,076,287 4 Annapurna Pictures
9 The Predator $215,450 -77% 376 -1267 $573 $50,705,371 5 Fox
10 Incredibles 2 $211,902 -24% 194 -50 $1,092 $607,474,495 18 Disney
11 The Wife $206,498 -46% 201 -157 $1,027 $7,232,603 9 Sony Pictures Classics
12 Peppermint $187,195 -60% 301 -512 $622 $35,165,567 6 STX Entertainment
13 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $186,312 -19% 185 -45 $1,007 $167,031,784 16 Sony / Columbia
14 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $157,526 -51% 221 -140 $713 $220,087,856 12 Paramount
15 White Boy Rick $156,363 -74% 190 -690 $823 $23,851,700 5 Sony / Studio 8
16 Disney’s Christopher Robin $144,032 -67% 465 -1173 $310 $98,595,476 11 Disney
17 Searching $106,492 -76% 127 -285 $839 $25,910,206 8 Sony Pictures
18 Ant-Man and the Wasp $89,560 -33% 132 -46 $678 $216,519,500 15 Disney
19 The Meg $75,584 -72% 202 -331 $374 $142,673,948 10 Warner Bros.
20 Unbroken: Path to Redemption $46,663 -71% 124 -211 $376 $6,143,765 5 Pure Flix

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Andhadhun $282,628 1% 62 6 $4,559 $719,471 2 Eros Entertainment
2 Beautiful Boy $218,888 4 $54,722 $218,888 1 Amazon
3 Tea With the Dames $89,268 31% 64 19 $1,395 $292,717 4 IFC Films
4 Fahrenheit 11/9 $63,071 -74% 95 -327 $664 $6,203,733 4 Briarcliff Entertainment
5 Helicopter Eela $51,115 70 $730 $51,115 1 Eros International
6 Slender Man $40,735 157% 67 37 $608 $30,505,530 10 Sony / Screen Gems
7 The Happy Prince $38,886 8 $4,861 $44,225 1 Sony Pictures Classics
8 Bigger $31,477 61 $516 $31,477 1 Freestyle Releasing
9 Monsters and Men $30,968 -79% 65 -78 $476 $445,903 3 Neon
10 The Oath $29,078 10 $2,908 $29,078 1 Roadside Attractions
11 Alpha $27,056 -46% 64 -39 $423 $35,643,294 9 Sony / Columbia
12 Studio 54 $25,220 69% 6 5 $4,203 $53,584 2 Zeitgeist Films
13 Little Women (2018) $22,706 -87% 47 -404 $483 $1,313,315 3 Pinnacle Peak
14 Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. $20,339 9 $2,260 $141,856 3 Abramorama
15 Pick of the Litter $18,462 -64% 31 -29 $596 $494,326 7 IFC Films
16 The Great Battle $16,564 -63% 8 -8 $2,071 $447,292 4 Well Go USA Entertainment
17 Love, Gilda $15,777 -72% 34 -40 $464 $580,406 4 Magnolia Pictures
18 All About Nina $15,373 -2% 54 31 $285 $77,594 3 The Orchard
19 Golden Job $14,733 -61% 5 -10 $2,947 $266,567 3 Well Go USA Entertainment
20 Operation Finale $13,862 -67% 46 -65 $301 $17,589,378 7 MGM
21 Kusama – Infinity $13,684 -32% 17 -3 $805 $304,488 6 Magnolia Pictures
22 Black ’47 $13,379 134% 99 93 $135 $33,465 3 IFC Films
23 Moynihan $8,390 90% 2 1 $4,195 $19,208 2 First Run Features
24 Blaze $7,757 -75% 29 -48 $267 $674,372 9 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
25 1945 $7,752 82% 10 3 $775 $942,244 50 Menemsha Films
26 Juliet, Naked $6,394 -66% 10 -23 $639 $3,153,155 9 Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
27 Lizzie $6,369 -64% 12 -13 $531 $632,895 5 Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
28 Shine (2018) $6,344 -97% 26 -583 $244 $308,408 2 GVN Releasing
29 God Bless the Broken Road $5,645 -75% 19 -34 $297 $2,834,292 6 Freestyle Releasing
30 A.X.L. $5,623 -75% 25 -30 $225 $6,500,473 8 Global Road Entertainment
31 Puzzle $5,545 -23% 16 -6 $347 $2,015,891 12 Sony Pictures Classics
32 Liyana $5,160 1 $5,160 $5,870 1 Abramorama
33 Sorry To Bother You $5,074 -51% 9 -2 $564 $17,485,298 15 Annapurna Pictures
34 Assassination Nation $3,643 -53% 5 -10 $729 $1,951,749 4 Neon
35 Hale County This Morning, This Evening $3,462 3 $1,154 $29,352 5 Cinema Guild
36 Three Identical Strangers $3,415 -75% 10 -13 $342 $12,317,571 16 Neon
37 The Cakemaker $3,195 -62% 3 -3 $1,065 $861,691 16 Strand Releasing
38 The Negotiation $2,433 -82% 8 0 $304 $109,856 4 CJ Entertainment
39 Stella’s Last Weekend $2,375 2 $1,188 $2,375 1 Paladin
40 The Third Murder $2,282 1127% 3 2 $761 $86,811 13 Film Movement
41 The Rider $1,899 8% 1 0 $1,899 $2,401,905 27 Sony Pictures Classics
42 I Am Not a Witch $1,568 -37% 7 0 $224 $42,388 6 Film Movement
43 Over the Limit $1,402 1 $1,402 $1,402 1 Film Movement
44 Heavy Trip $1,298 -76% 2 -14 $649 $8,932 2 Music Box Films / Doppelgänger Releasing
45 Bad Reputation $1,173 -70% 3 -4 $391 $148,524 3 Magnolia Pictures
46 The Darkest Minds $1,103 -27% 8 -2 $138 $12,695,220 11 20th Century Fox
47 Stavisky $1,040 -78% 1 0 $1,040 $13,139 2 Rialto Pictures
48 Andrei Rublev $897 1 $897 $93,152 8 Janus
49 Let the Corpses Tan $820 -50% 2 0 $410 $84,583 7 Kino Lorber
50 No Date, No Signature $810 -41% 1 0 $810 $30,727 11 Distrib Films US
51 Bel Canto $766 -60% 2 -2 $383 $79,867 5 Cartilage Films
52 School of Life $748 1 $748 $2,625 6 Distrib Films US
53 Support The Girls $643 53% 2 -1 $322 $128,553 8 Magnolia Pictures
54 Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco $387 -88% 2 -3 $194 $32,742 5 Film Movement
55 Deadpool 2 $356 -72% 5 -2 $71 $318,491,031 22 Fox
56 Memoir of War $338 -80% 1 -4 $338 $94,568 9 Music Box Films
57 Ganja & Hess $284 143% 4 3 $71 $18,927 20 Kino Lorber
58 Beautifully Broken $280 -92% 1 -3 $280 $1,202,881 8 ArtAffects Entertainment
59 The Apparition $274 -87% 2 0 $137 $26,032 6 Music Box Films
60 The Captain $234 1 $234 $107,898 12 Music Box Films
61 We The Animals $213 -92% 3 -4 $71 $400,731 9 The Orchard

Monday Update:

At the box office this weekend, Venom took the crown once more with an estimated $35.7 million in its sophomore frame, narrowly beating out A Star is Born, which fell just shy of unseating the Sony superhero flick with an estimated $28 million. Meanwhile, three high-profile newcomers – First Man, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and Bad Times at the El Royale – debuted to mixed results further down the chart in a weekend that suggests this October could be one for the record books.

Falling roughly 55 percent from its $80.2 million opening frame, Venom held far better than predicted, particularly given competition from a raft of newcomers including the similarly adult male-driven First Man and Bad Times at the El Royale. After ten days of release the Sony title now has a terrific $142.8 million in the bank, which goes to show how little fans paid attention to the film’s dismal 30% Rotten Tomatoes score. Looking at comps, the second-weekend drop is significantly better than that of the similarly-reviewed Suicide Squad, which tumbled 67.4% in its sophomore frame but rebounded a bit in subsequent weekends, ultimately ending its run with $325.1 million off a $133.6 million debut (for a weekend-to-final multiplier of 2.4x). If Venom can hold up hold up similarly well in subsequent weekends, it seems almost certain to cross the $200 million mark domestically by the end of its run. Notably, the film helped Sony hit the billion-dollar mark domestically this weekend, over two months ahead of last year.

Down in second is A Star Is Born, whose $28 million gross this weekend represents a fantastic drop of just 35 percent from its $42.9 million debut. That gives the Warner Bros. release a total of $94.1 million after ten days. With midweek business incredibly strong (on Thursday, the film actually bested Venom for the No. 1 spot), some had predicted a first place finish for the musical drama this weekend, and it would have gotten there had Venom been just a tad less resilient. Nonetheless, this is an incredibly good second weekend for the critically-acclaimed Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper romance that portends a long and lucrative run well into the crowded fall season.

Third place went to the Damien Chazelle-directed Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, which brought in $16.5 million in its opening frame, including $3.7 million from 405 IMAX screens. Universal’s hoped-for awards season contender has been heavily promoted, and it scored an excellent 88% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes while its “B+” Cinemascore suggests audiences like it well enough, too. Looking at similar titles, the film fell short of Argo‘s $19.4 million debut but opened higher than Bridge of Spies, which managed $15.3 million in its opening frame back in 2015 (albeit in about 800 fewer theaters). The opening gross is actually on the lower end of expectations for the Ryan Gosling drama, meaning it will live and die on its performance in subsequent weekends. Word-of-mouth will be crucial for the film, and with its A-list pedigree and solid critical notices it certainly has the potential to perform well in the weeks ahead, particularly given its place in the awards-season conversation.

Debuting in fourth was Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which grossed an estimated $16.2 million in its opening frame – a good bit off from the first film’s $23.6 million debut, but nonetheless a decent start for the $35 million production. Working against the film was a less-positive reception by critics than its predecessor (its Rotten Tomatoes score is just 43% vs. the first movie’s 77%) and what appears to be a muted reaction from fans; the film finished with a Cinemascore of “B” (soft for a family release) vs. the first movie’s “A.” It also may have taken a hit from the continued popularity of Smallfoot, not to mention similarities to The House With a Clock In Its Walls, which also stars Jack Black in a dark horror-fantasy aimed at families. Notably, Black has a much-reduced onscreen role in the sequel, which may also have disappointed fans who enjoyed him as R.L. Stine in the first installment. Still, this is a fairly healthy overall debut that fell just about in line with expectations going into the weekend.

(It’s worth noting that with only $300K separating them according to estimates, First Man could conceivably swap places with Goosebumps 2 once final tallies are reported.)

Finishing in fifth place was Smallfoot, which brought in an estimated $9.3 million in its third frame, representing a drop of just 32 percent from last weekend. With a total of $57.6 million to date, the Warner Bros. animated release is roughly 14 percent ahead of Storks at the same point and should easily surpass that film’s $72.6 million final tally by the end of its run.

In sixth place, the Tiffany Haddish-Kevin Hart comedy Night School held up well, dipping just 35 percent to an estimated $8 million in its third weekend in theaters. The film is likely getting something of a boost from a lack of comedies in the marketplace, as it’s the only adult-oriented comedy currently occupying space in the Top 10. The Universal release’s tally now stands at a solid $59.8 million after 17 days.

Debuting in seventh was Bad Times at the El Royale, the twisty period thriller with a star-studded cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Chris Hemsworth. The Fox release managed an estimated $7.2 million this weekend, a so-so result for the reported $32 million production. Looking at comparison titles, that’s better than the $3.2 million opening weekend performance of the similarly-marketed Hotel Artemis but a far cry from Baby Driver, another quirky crime thriller that debuted to $20.5 million last summer. While Bad Times was reasonably well-reviewed (71% on Rotten Tomatoes), the film fell victim to bad timing given the huge number of higher-profile fall titles currently in release, including such male-driven films as Venom and First Man. With a slew of major titles set to release over the next several weeks, long-term theatrical prospects aren’t looking great, though it’s the kind of film one could see performing well once it hits home-viewing formats.

Down in eighth place is holdover The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which took in an estimated $3.9 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $62.2 million to date. In ninth, Fox’s The Hate U Give enjoyed a successful expansion following its limited debut last weekend, grossing an estimated $1.76 million from just 248 screens. That gives the critically-acclaimed Amandla Stenberg drama a solid per-screen average of $7,117.

Rounding out the Top 10 is Lionsgate’s early-fall sleeper A Simple Favor, which brought in an estimated $1.38 million in its fifth weekend. The Anna Kendrick-Blake Lively title now has a solid total of $52 million to date.

Limited Release:

Amazon Studios’ Beautiful Boy enjoyed a fantastic debut his weekend, bringing in an estimated $221K from just four theaters. That gave the Steve Carell-Timothee Chalamet drama a sizzling per-screen average of $55K, which ranks as the fifth-highest of the year so far.

Expanding wider this weekend was Fox Searchlight’s The Old Man & The Gun, which took in an estimated $912K from 228 locations, enough for a per-screen average of $4,000. The Robert Redford title now stands at $1.69 million after three weeks of limited release.

Overseas Update:

Venom enjoyed another solid frame at the international box office, bringing in an estimated $69.7 million from 65 markets. In addition to solid holdovers in a number of territories, the film launched to an estimated $6.7 million in France, $3 million in Vietnam, and $2.2 million in Thailand. Its international total now stands at $235.3 million while its global cume is a stellar $378.1 million after just 12 days of release.

A Star Is Born opened in a number of major territories this weekend and brought in an estimated $20.2 million from 65 markets, including $3.8 million in the UK (2nd weekend), $2 million in Italy, $1.8 million in France (2nd weekend), and $1.4 million in Brazil. Its international tally now stands at $41.2 million.


Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, OCT. 12 – SUN, OCT. 14

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Venom $35,700,000 -56% 4,250 0 $8,400 $142,802,151 2 Sony / Columbia
2 A Star is Born $28,000,000 -35% 3,708 22 $7,551 $94,160,360 2 Warner Bros.
3 First Man $16,500,000 3,640 $4,533 $16,500,000 1 Universal
4 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween $16,225,000 3,521 $4,608 $16,225,000 1 Sony
5 Smallfoot $9,300,000 -35% 3,606 -525 $2,579 $57,608,221 3 Warner Bros.
6 Night School $8,040,000 -36% 2,780 -239 $2,892 $59,848,950 3 Universal
7 Bad Times At The El Royale $7,225,000 2,808 $2,573 $7,225,000 1 20th Century Fox
8 The House With A Clock In Its Walls $3,960,000 -46% 2,791 -672 $1,419 $62,235,500 4 Universal Pictures
9 A Simple Favor $1,380,000 -60% 1,452 -956 $950 $52,037,508 5 Lionsgate
10 The Nun $1,375,000 -49% 1,174 -1090 $1,171 $115,930,046 6 Warner Bros.

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Hate U Give $1,765,000 245% 248 212 $7,117 $2,477,314 2 20th Century Fox
2 Crazy Rich Asians $1,078,000 -50% 738 -728 $1,461 $171,367,368 9 Warner Bros.
3 Colette $1,037,234 110% 543 436 $1,910 $2,589,687 4 Bleecker Street
4 The Old Man & The Gun $912,000 126% 228 179 $4,000 $1,696,924 3 Fox Searchlight
5 Hell Fest $650,000 -69% 868 -1429 $749 $10,460,680 3 Lionsgate / CBS Films
6 The Sisters Brothers $258,355 27% 129 75 $2,003 $1,070,839 4 Annapurna Pictures
7 Incredibles 2 $236,000 -16% 194 -50 $1,216 $607,498,593 18 Disney
8 The Wife $215,872 -44% 201 -157 $1,074 $7,241,977 9 Sony Pictures Classics
9 The Predator $210,000 -78% 376 -1267 $559 $50,699,921 5 Fox
10 Peppermint $190,000 -60% 301 -512 $631 $35,168,372 6 STX Entertainment
11 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $160,000 -50% 221 -140 $724 $220,090,330 12 Paramount
12 Disney’s Christopher Robin $148,000 -66% 465 -1173 $318 $98,599,444 11 Disney
13 Ant-Man and the Wasp $90,000 -33% 132 -46 $682 $216,519,940 15 Disney
14 Unbroken: Path to Redemption $43,500 -73% 124 -211 $351 $6,140,602 5 Pure Flix
15 Black ’47 $20,218 253% 101 95 $200 $40,304 3 IFC Films

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Beautiful Boy $221,437 4 $55,359 $221,437 1 Amazon
2 Jane and Emma $122,000 21 $5,810 $122,000 1 Excel Entertainment / Purdie Distribution
3 The Happy Prince $40,267 8 $5,033 $45,606 1 Sony Pictures Classics
4 Bigger $32,500 61 $533 $32,500 1 Freestyle Releasing
5 Monsters and Men $30,302 -79% 65 -78 $466 $445,237 3 Neon
6 The Oath $29,237 10 $2,924 $29,237 1 Roadside Attractions
7 Tea With the Dames $29,237 -57% 68 23 $430 $232,686 4 IFC Films
8 Little Women (2018) $25,000 -85% 47 -404 $532 $1,315,609 3 Pinnacle Peak
9 Pick of the Litter $24,278 -53% 34 -26 $714 $500,142 7 IFC Films
10 Studio 54 $23,700 59% 6 5 $3,950 $52,064 2 Zeitgeist Films
11 Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. $22,974 9 $2,553 $144,491 3 Abramorama
12 All About Nina $14,902 -5% 54 31 $276 $77,123 3 The Orchard
13 Blaze $13,486 -57% 32 -45 $421 $680,101 9 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
14 The Bookshop $12,636 26 $486 $1,600,786 8 Greenwich Entertainment
15 Science Fair $12,480 26 $480 $195,908 5 National Geographic Documentary Films
16 Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable $7,192 4 $1,798 $51,194 4 Greenwich Entertainment
17 A.X.L. $5,325 -76% 25 -30 $213 $6,500,175 8 Global Road Entertainment
18 Liyana $5,030 1 $5,030 $5,710 1 Abramorama
19 God Bless the Broken Road $4,839 -78% 19 -34 $255 $2,833,486 6 Freestyle Releasing
20 Assassination Nation $3,643 -53% 5 -10 $729 $1,951,749 4 Neon
21 Three Identical Strangers $2,789 -79% 10 -13 $279 $12,316,945 16 Neon
22 We The Animals $229 -91% 3 -4 $76 $400,747 9 The Orchard