Saturday Update: Sony’s Venom held its ground on Friday, retaking first place after a brief concession on Thursday. The hit antihero comic pic added $9.785 million yesterday, bringing its eight-day domestic haul to $116.9 million. Projections for the weekend have swayed back in its favor with what is expected to be a sophomore frame around $32 million or slightly higher, withstanding its loss of IMAX screens in generally healthy fashion.
Its primary competition, A Star Is Born posted another excellent hold — easing just 46 percent from opening day last week to $8.5 million on Friday. The film continues its impressive run with an updated tally of $74.66 million through eight days. Current weekend projections now stand at $29.5 million as the hit remake remains in contention with Venom for the top spot but will likely take a few more days before it returns there.
First Man opened to $5.86 million on Friday, slightly below forecasts but generally in line with expectations. The strongly reviewed award season candidate was on par with the first days of Bridge of Spies ($5.4 million) and Argo ($5.9 million). Universal expects around $16.8 million for the weekend, while we’re a bit more optimistic about weekend holds.
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween earned a healthy $4.85 million opening day, putting it on course for a debut in the mid-to-high teen millions (Sony expects $15.75 million). By comparison, the first Goosebumps pic earned $7.35 million on its first day.
Meanwhile, Bad Times at the El Royale earned $2.825 million to start its run yesterday, pacing for a weekend north of $7 million (Fox projects $7.8 million as of this morning). Opening day was comparable to mother!‘s $3.1 million start last fall.
Early weekend estimates are below with updated studio estimates to follow on Sunday.
Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, OCT. 12 – SUN, OCT. 14
|1||Venom||$32,000,000||-60%||4,250||0||$7,529||$139,102,151||2||Sony / Columbia|
|2||A Star is Born||$29,500,000||-31%||3,708||22||$7,956||$95,660,360||2||Warner Bros.|
|4||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||$16,000,000||—||3,521||—||$4,544||$16,000,000||1||Sony|
|7||Bad Times At The El Royale||$7,400,000||—||2,808||—||$2,635||$7,400,000||1||20th Century Fox|
|8||The House With A Clock In Its Walls||$3,900,000||-47%||2,791||-672||$1,397||$62,175,500||4||Universal Pictures|
|9||A Simple Favor||$1,300,000||-62%||1,452||-956||$895||$51,957,508||5||Lionsgate|
|10||The Nun||$1,300,000||-52%||1,174||-1090||$1,107||$115,855,046||6||Warner Bros.|
|1||The Hate U Give||$1,550,000||203%||248||212||$6,250||$2,262,314||2||20th Century Fox|
|2||Crazy Rich Asians||$1,100,000||-49%||738||-728||$1,491||$171,389,368||9||Warner Bros.|
|3||The Old Man & The Gun||$1,000,000||148%||228||179||$4,386||$1,784,924||3||Fox Searchlight|
|5||The Sisters Brothers||$260,000||28%||129||75||$2,016||$1,072,484||4||Annapurna Pictures|
|7||Disney’s Christopher Robin||$180,000||-59%||465||-1173||$387||$98,631,444||11||Disney|
|8||Mission: Impossible – Fallout||$165,000||-49%||221||-140||$747||$220,095,330||12||Paramount|
|9||Ant-Man and the Wasp||$90,000||-33%||132||-46||$682||$216,519,940||15||Disney|
|1||Jane and Emma||$150,000||—||21||—||$7,143||$150,000||1||Excel Entertainment / Purdie Distribution|
|3||God Bless the Broken Road||$8,700||-61%||53||0||$164||$2,837,347||6||Freestyle Releasing|
|4||A.X.L.||$5,161||-77%||25||-30||$206||$5,161||8||Global Road Entertainment|
Friday Report: Universal’s First Man earned a solid $1.1 million from last night’s first shows beginning at 7pm in 2,850 locations. That comes in 28 percent ahead of Deepwater Horizon ($860K), 18 percent behind Sully ($1.35 million), and 120 percent ahead of Bridge of Spies ($500K). As a film likely to generate healthy walk-up business from an older audience, this start bodes well for an opening weekend on target with expectations in the high teen millions to low $20 million range.
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween brought in $750K for Sony last night, 11 percent behind The House With A Clock In Its Walls ($840K) and 25 percent ahead of the first Goosebumps ($600K). As a sequel with shows beginning at 5pm, it could be more front-loaded than either of those comps, but this is a healthy start nonetheless.
Fox reports that Bad Times at the El Royale took in $575K last night. That figure comes in identical to White Boy Rick ($575K), 18 percent behind mother! ($700K), and 33 percent behind Crimson Peak ($860K).
Among holdovers, A Star Is Born added $4.515 million for another excellent drop of just 2 percent from Wednesday. With $66.16 million in the domestic bank thus far, the word-of-mouth phenom is building a strong case for a run toward the first place crown this weekend against Venom.
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