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Monday Update: Sony’s sci-fi Venom broke the all-time October opening weekend record this weekend with a confirmed $80.2M. That fell right on the uppermost end of pre-release projections, and higher than most analyst or industry predictions.


In pure dollars, the previous October opening record had been 2013’s Gravity with $55.7M. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, the previous record had been 2003’s Scary Movie 3 with a modern-day $73.9M.


Warner Bros.’ drama A Star Is Born opened in second place with a confirmed $42.9M, a promising start for a film that looks likely to hold well throughout the rest of October and into November.


Elsewhere at the box office:



Last weekend’s leader, Universal’s comedy Night School, fell to fourth place with a -54% drop to $12.5M.
Fox’s drama The Hate U Give started with $512K on 36 screens in limited release, prior to a nationwide expansion later this month.
National Geographic Entertainment’s documentary Free Solo, which last weekend set 2018’s current record for per-screen average, climbed to $562K on 41 screens.

Comparisons


Total box office this weekend was $176.6M.


That’s +66.9% above last weekend and +67.3% above this same weekend last year, when Blade Runner 2049 led with $32.7M.


Year-to-date box office stands at $9.10B. That’s +9.6% ahead of this same date last year, up from +8.7% after last weekend.


Demographics


The audience for Venom was 63.5% male and 40.4% below age 25.


The audience for A Star Is Born was 52.6% male and only 19.0% below age 25.


The most male audience in this weekend’s top 10 was The Predator at 67.9%, while the most female audience was Crazy Rich Asians at 59.4%.


The most under-25 audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Smallfoot at 57.9%, while the most over-25 audience was Peppermint at 81.0%.


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 with fuller analysis.



Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)
FRI, OCT. 5 – SUN, OCT. 7


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Venom
$80,255,756

4,250

$18,884
$80,255,756
1
Sony / Columbia


2
A Star is Born
$42,908,051

3,686

$11,641
$44,258,051
1
Warner Bros.


3
Smallfoot
$14,402,559
-38%
4,131
0
$3,486
$42,263,504
2
Warner Bros.


4
Night School
$12,514,925
-54%
3,019
9
$4,145
$46,991,280
2
Universal


5
The House With A Clock In Its Walls
$7,332,665
-42%
3,463
-129
$2,117
$55,089,225
3
Universal Pictures


6
A Simple Favor
$3,424,954
-48%
2,408
-665
$1,422
$49,004,310
4
Lionsgate


7
The Nun
$2,703,281
-50%
2,264
-1067
$1,194
$113,460,591
5
Warner Bros.


8
Crazy Rich Asians
$2,166,626
-47%
1,466
-881
$1,478
$169,241,568
8
Warner Bros.


9
Hell Fest
$2,083,759
-59%
2,297
0
$907
$8,873,235
2
Lionsgate / CBS Films


10
The Predator
$947,358
-75%
1,643
-1283
$577
$50,033,247
4
Fox


11
Disney’s Christopher Robin
$435,545
28%
1,638
968
$266
$98,102,927
10
Disney





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
White Boy Rick
$603,341
-75%
880
-1137
$686
$23,351,427
4
Sony / Studio 8


2
Colette
$492,981
28%
107
69
$4,607
$1,272,741
3
Bleecker Street


3
Peppermint
$473,806
-73%
813
-1189
$583
$34,717,200
5
STX Entertainment


4
Searching
$443,106
-54%
412
-602
$1,076
$25,649,766
7
Sony Pictures


5
The Wife
$383,403
-46%
358
-79
$1,071
$6,790,237
8
Sony Pictures Classics


6
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
$321,576
-49%
361
-177
$891
$219,754,005
11
Paramount


7
Incredibles 2
$280,305
3%
244
-94
$1,149
$607,125,392
17
Disney


8
The Meg
$266,049
-74%
533
-710
$499
$142,491,832
9
Warner Bros.


9
Fahrenheit 11/9
$238,510
-79%
422
-1297
$565
$5,985,895
3
Briarcliff Entertainment


10
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
$230,377
-17%
230
-184
$1,002
$166,735,989
15
Sony / Columbia


11
Shine (2018)
$205,842

609

$338
$205,842
1
GVN Releasing


12
Little Women (2018)
$171,892
-76%
451
-192
$381
$1,170,508
2
Pinnacle Peak


13
BlacKkKlansman
$165,155
-63%
158
-278
$1,045
$48,179,465
9
Focus Features


14
Unbroken: Path to Redemption
$160,208
-67%
335
-406
$478
$5,991,271
4
Pure Flix


15
Monsters and Men
$146,092
23%
143
125
$1,022
$306,041
2
Neon


16
Ant-Man and the Wasp
$134,126
-49%
178
-80
$754
$216,370,952
14
Disney


17
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
$60,900
-53%
135
-43
$451
$120,587,890
12
Universal Pictures


18
Alpha
$50,128
-68%
103
-145
$487
$35,596,262
8
Sony / Columbia


19
Operation Finale
$42,353
-66%
111
-101
$382
$17,549,231
6
MGM


20
Life Itself
$38,443
-94%
242
-2113
$159
$4,063,867
3
Amazon Studios





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Free Solo
$562,786
91%
41
37
$13,726
$977,697
2
National Geographic Entertainment


2
The Hate U Give
$512,035

36

$14,223
$512,035
1
20th Century Fox


3
The Old Man & The Gun
$403,928
184%
49
44
$8,243
$594,383
2
Fox Searchlight


4
The Sisters Brothers
$203,525
-13%
54
31
$3,769
$690,023
3
Annapurna Pictures


5
Mandy
$75,834
-37%
41
-23
$1,850
$1,005,909
4
RLJE Films


6
Tea With the Dames
$65,000
53%
42
23
$1,548
$152,233
3
IFC Films


7
Love, Gilda
$55,514
-59%
74
-34
$750
$539,976
3
Magnolia Pictures


8
Pick of the Litter
$50,940
-29%
58
-2
$878
$451,518
6
IFC Films


9
The Great Battle
$45,175
-53%
16
-8
$2,823
$399,498
3
Well Go USA Entertainment


10
Golden Job
$37,391
-69%
15
-19
$2,493
$226,187
2
Well Go USA Entertainment


11
The Children Act
$31,980
-62%
52
-21
$615
$432,541
4
A24


12
Blaze
$31,704
-63%
78
-10
$406
$645,883
8
IFC Films / Sundance Selects


13
Ya Veremos
$25,889
-50%
37
-21
$700
$4,155,094
6
Lionsgate / Pantelion Films


14
A.X.L.
$22,513
-38%
55
-30
$409
$6,488,582
7
Global Road Entertainment


15
God Bless the Broken Road
$22,142
-39%
53
-58
$418
$2,822,786
5
Freestyle Releasing


16
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies
$20,215
-68%
87
-39
$232
$29,553,885
11
Warner Bros.


17
Kusama – Infinity
$20,199
-52%
20
2
$1,010
$272,989
5
Magnolia Pictures


18
Juliet, Naked
$18,869
-71%
33
-41
$572
$3,406,456
8
Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate


19
Lizzie
$17,850
-80%
25
-181
$714
$613,172
4
Saban Films / Roadside Attractions


20
Loving Pablo
$16,564

15

$1,104
$16,564
1
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment


21
Slender Man
$15,831
-48%
30
-38
$528
$30,461,318
9
Sony / Screen Gems


22
All About Nina
$15,728
-41%
23
19
$684
$50,859
2
The Orchard


23
Studio 54
$14,909

1

$14,909
$14,909
1
Zeitgeist Films


24
The Negotiation
$13,833
-64%
8
-5
$1,729
$99,269
3
CJ Entertainment


25
Three Identical Strangers
$13,474

23

$586
$12,301,012
15
Neon


26
Sorry To Bother You
$10,398
-54%
11
-19
$945
$17,474,288
14
Annapurna Pictures


27
The Cakemaker
$8,484
138%
6
-1
$1,414
$853,094
15
Strand Releasing


28
Assassination Nation
$7,752
-96%
15
-1020
$517
$1,941,709
3
Neon


29
Puzzle
$7,222
-80%
22
-79
$328
$2,005,515
11
Sony Pictures Classics


30
The Riot Act
$6,943

3

$2,314
$69,704
4
Hannover House


31
Black ’47
$5,723
-33%
6
5
$954
$17,185
2
IFC Films


32
Heavy Trip
$5,419

16

$339
$5,419
1
Music Box Films / Doppelgänger Releasing


33
Moynihan
$4,416

1

$4,416
$7,983
1
First Run Features


34
1945
$4,270
-46%
7
-4
$610
$929,455
49
Menemsha Films


35
Bad Reputation
$3,914
-97%
7
-189
$559
$144,459
2
Magnolia Pictures


36
Beautifully Broken
$3,360
8%
4
1
$840
$1,201,545
7
ArtAffects Entertainment


37
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
$3,109
18%
5
2
$622
$29,545
4
Film Movement


38
We The Animals
$2,631
-74%
7
-23
$376
$398,010
8
The Orchard


39
I Am Not a Witch
$2,488
-14%
7
-1
$355
$39,078
5
Film Movement


40
The Apparition
$2,076
-39%
2
0
$1,038
$25,333
5
Music Box Films


41
RBG
$2,029
45%
4
-8
$507
$14,015,548
23
Magnolia Pictures


42
Bel Canto
$1,895
-84%
4
-14
$474
$77,148
4
Cartilage Films


43
Death of a Nation
$1,799
38%
16
9
$112
$5,884,034
10
Quality Flix / Pure Flix


44
The Rider
$1,765
-5%
1
0
$1,765
$2,398,681
26
Sony Pictures Classics


45
Memoir of War
$1,709
-95%
5
-1
$342
$92,697
8
Music Box Films


46
Let the Corpses Tan
$1,646
-62%
2
-11
$823
$82,637
6
Kino Lorber


47
Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)
$1,565
38%
1
-1
$1,565
$444,329
5
GKIDS


48
The Darkest Minds
$1,515
-58%
10
-9
$152
$12,693,802
10
20th Century Fox


49
Deadpool 2
$1,290
-47%
7
2
$184
$318,490,305
21
Fox


50
Poor Boy
$1,262

1

$1,262
$30,279
13
Indican Pictures


51
Painless
$683
-24%
1
0
$683
$5,912
3
Indican Pictures


52
What Will People Say
$675
-75%
1
-1
$675
$40,570
13
Kino Lorber


53
Nico, 1988
$505
14%
1
-3
$505
$73,304
10
Magnolia Pictures


54
Support The Girls
$419
-76%
3
0
$140
$127,812
7
Magnolia Pictures


55
The Atomic Cafe
$309
0%
2
1
$155
$20,910
10
Kino Lorber


56
Cynthia
$222
-47%
1
0
$222
$57,881
6
Indican Pictures


57
The Third Murder
$186
-38%
1
0
$186
$84,152
12
Film Movement


58
Ganja & Hess
$117

1

$117
$17,968
19
Kino Lorber


59
Filmworker
$88

1

$88
$99,437
22
Kino Lorber




Sunday Update: Venom and A Star Is Born both burned bright at the box office this weekend, sending the charts to an all-time October weekend record with spectacular debuts of $80 million and $42.6 million, respectively. Additionally, the former title easily surpassed Gravity‘s $55.7 million debut to set a new record for a film opening in October.


Starring Tom Hardy as an investigative journalist taken over by a vicious alien symbiote, Venom far exceeded expectations, as some had even questioned its ability to overtake Gravity for the October record going into the weekend. But all doubts were quelled when the Sony release blasted its way to a terrific $32.75 million opening on Friday, just shy of the opening day grosses of both Ant-Man and the Wasp ($33.72 million) and Logan ($33 million).


While critics were generally unkind to Venom (it has a 32% at Rotten Tomatoes), the Marvel character’s core fanbase clearly could not be dissuaded. And according to audience surveys, moviegoers were generally happy with the film, as it netted a “B+” Cinemascore and an 89 percent Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. That said, it’s entirely possible Venom will prove to be a frontloaded affair, much like the similarly dark-hued comic book movie Suicide Squad. That film was also lambasted by critics (it had a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and boasted an identical “B+” Cinemascore, and it fell hard in its sophomore frame, dropping a sizable 67.4% (though it held considerably better in subsequent weekends). It finished its North American run with $325.1 million after debuting to a massive $133.6 million, giving it a weekend-t0-final multiplier of 2.4x. If Venom performs similarly, it could be looking at a final gross somewhere in the range of $190-$200 million.


Coming in a very impressive second was Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born, which brought in $42.6 million (including $1.35 million from special fan previews on Tuesday and Wednesday) on 3,686 screens. The Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper romance, which has been riding a wave of buzz since premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, served up a strong counter-programming choice for audiences not predisposed to gobbling up the latest superhero release. Its Rotten Tomatoes score of 90% and a strong marketing push by the studio (the film’s trailer recall has been strong over the last several weeks, consistently beating out Venom) have been key in getting audiences excited for the film, which also benefitted from Lady Gaga’s massive pre-existing fanbase. The audience for the film skewed largely female (66% to 34% male), while 68% of the audience was over the age of 35.


A Star Is Born has all the makings of a leggy late-year hit in the vein of recent releases like La La Land and The Greatest Showman, which finished their runs with $151.1 million and $174.3 million, respectively. While those titles aren’t a perfect comparison – neither grossed more than $20 million on a single weekend, for instance – one could reasonably expect A Star Is Born to finish in the same ballpark and perhaps even higher, assuming it holds up well in the weeks ahead. And given its “A” Cinemascore and the studio’s sure-to-be no-holds-barred awards season push, we have no reason to believe that it won’t.


As for last weekend’s top two titles, Smallfoot beat out Night School for third place with an estimated $14.9 million, giving the Warner Bros. release a good $42.7 million after ten days. That represents a 35 percent drop and puts it about 10 percent of Storks and 18 percent ahead of the LEGO Ninjago Movie at the same point. Next week brings some competition in the form of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, though no major animated titles are set to hit theaters until Dr. Suess’ The Grinch on November 9, so it still has a pretty good window in the coming weeks.


In fourth place was last weekend’s No. 1 Night School, which dipped 55 percent to an estimated $12.2 million in its sophomore frame. With $46.7 million after ten days of release, the Tiffany Haddish-Kevin Hart comedy is pacing just behind Hart’s 2014 sequel Think Like a Man Too, which brought in just over $48 million by the end of its second weekend. While Night School‘s gross so far falls on the lower end of the spectrum for a typical Hart comedy, it’s nonetheless a solid total and another ace in the hole for Hart, Haddish, Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee and the film’s hit-minting producer Will Packer.


Another former champ, Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls, took fifth place with an estimated $7.3 million in its third weekend. That gives the Jack Black fantasy a total of $55.1 million after 17 days, putting it roughly 3 percent behind the pace of Black’s family-driven Goosebumps from 2015.


In sixth place was director Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor, which brought in an estimated $3.4 million in its fourth weekend. The Lionsgate sleeper now has $49 million in the bank.


Down in seventh, The Nun brought in an estimated $2.6 million for a total of $113.3 million so far, while Hell Fest brought in an estimated $2.07 million in eighth place. The total for the Lionsgate horror release now stands at an okay $8.8 million after ten days.


Rounding out the Top 10 were holdovers Crazy Rich Asians and The Predator, which brought in an estimated $2.06 million and $900K, respectively. The former title now has $169.1 million after eight weeks, while The Predator closed out its final weekend in the Top 10 with a disappointing $49.9 million cume.


Limited Release:


Fox Searchlight opened The Hate U Give on 36 screens and took in an estimated $500K, giving the critically-acclaimed drama a per-screen average of $13,889. The film, which stars Amandla Stenberg as a teenage girl grappling with the death of her best friend at the hands of a police officer, will open wider as we move into the fall.


Robert Redford crime comedy The Old Man & The Gun expanded to 49 screens and brought in an estimated $385K, giving the Fox Searchlight title a total of $575K after two weeks of limited release.


Bleecker Street’s Colette took in an estimated $458K in its expansion to 107 screens, enough for a per-screen average of $4,288 and a total of $1.23 million after three weeks.


Overseas Update:


Venom came out of the gate with an impressive $125.2 million in 58 markets, bringing its global debut total to a sizzling $205.2 million, a record for October. Key markets included South Korea ($15.7 million), Russia ($11.7 million), the U.K. ($9.3 million), and Mexico ($7.1 million). That’s all without China, where the film is slated to open at an as-yet-undetermined future date.



Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, OCT. 5 – SUN, OCT. 7


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Venom
$80,030,000

4,250

$18,831
$80,030,000
1
Sony / Columbia


2
A Star is Born
$41,250,000

3,686

$11,191
$42,600,000
1
Warner Bros.


3
Smallfoot
$14,900,000
-35%
4,131
0
$3,607
$42,760,945
2
Warner Bros.


4
Night School
$12,280,000
-55%
3,019
9
$4,068
$46,756,355
2
Universal


5
The House With A Clock In Its Walls
$7,300,000
-42%
3,463
-129
$2,108
$55,056,560
3
Universal Pictures


6
A Simple Favor
$3,435,000
-47%
2,408
-665
$1,426
$49,014,356
4
Lionsgate


7
The Nun
$2,610,000
-52%
2,264
-1067
$1,153
$113,367,310
5
Warner Bros.


8
Hell Fest
$2,075,000
-60%
2,297
0
$903
$8,864,476
2
Lionsgate / CBS Films


9
Crazy Rich Asians
$2,060,000
-50%
1,466
-881
$1,405
$169,134,942
8
Warner Bros.


10
The Predator
$900,000
-77%
1,643
-1283
$548
$49,985,889
4
Fox


11
Disney’s Christopher Robin
$455,000
34%
1,638
968
$278
$98,122,382
10
Disney





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Colette
$458,831
19%
107
69
$4,288
$1,238,591
3
Bleecker Street


2
Peppermint
$450,000
-75%
813
-1189
$554
$34,693,394
5
STX Entertainment


3
Searching
$445,000
-53%
412
-602
$1,080
$25,651,660
7
Sony Pictures


4
The Wife
$403,082
-44%
358
-79
$1,126
$6,809,916
8
Sony Pictures Classics


5
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
$300,000
-52%
361
-177
$831
$219,732,429
11
Paramount


6
Incredibles 2
$293,000
8%
244
-94
$1,201
$607,138,087
17
Disney


7
Monsters and Men
$177,705
50%
143
125
$1,243
$337,654
2
Neon


8
Little Women (2018)
$155,000
-78%
451
-192
$344
$1,153,616
2
Pinnacle Peak


9
Unbroken: Path to Redemption
$155,000
-68%
335
-406
$463
$5,986,063
4
Pure Flix


10
Ant-Man and the Wasp
$132,000
-50%
178
-80
$742
$216,368,826
14
Disney


11
Shine (2018)
$59,073

609

$97
$59,073
1
GVN Releasing


12
Operation Finale
$40,786
-68%
111
-101
$367
$17,547,664
6
MGM


13
Life Itself
$29,637
-96%
242
-2113
$122
$4,055,061
3
Amazon Studios





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Free Solo
$540,000
83%
41
37
$13,171
$954,911
2
National Geographic Entertainment


2
The Hate U Give
$500,000

36

$13,889
$500,000
1
20th Century Fox


3
The Old Man & The Gun
$385,000
171%
49
44
$7,857
$575,455
2
Fox Searchlight


4
The Sisters Brothers
$207,229
-11%
54
31
$3,838
$693,727
3
Annapurna Pictures


5
Science Fair
$37,350

36

$1,038
$166,836
4
National Geographic Documentary Films


6
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
$31,955
-27%
7
5
$4,565
$92,081
2
Abramorama


7
A.X.L.
$24,985
-31%
55
-30
$454
$6,491,054
7
Global Road Entertainment


8
Ya Veremos
$22,500
-57%
37
-21
$608
$4,151,705
6
Lionsgate / Pantelion Films


9
God Bless the Broken Road
$21,866
-40%
53
-58
$413
$2,822,510
5
Freestyle Releasing


10
Lizzie
$16,625
-81%
25
-181
$665
$611,947
4
Saban Films / Roadside Attractions


11
Juliet, Naked
$16,530
-74%
31
-43
$533
$3,404,117
8
Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate


12
Loving Pablo
$16,000

15

$1,067
$16,000
1
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment


13
Studio 54
$15,000

1

$15,000
$15,000
1
Zeitgeist Films


14
All About Nina
$13,300
-50%
23
19
$578
$48,431
2
The Orchard


15
Assassination Nation
$7,752
-96%
15
-1020
$517
$1,941,709
3
Neon


16
Puzzle
$7,735
-79%
22
-79
$352
$2,006,028
11
Sony Pictures Classics


17
Bisbee ’17
$7,560

13

$582
$87,888
5
4th Row Films


18
Beautifully Broken
$3,238
4%
4
1
$810
$1,201,423
7
ArtAffects Entertainment


19
We The Animals
$2,859
-72%
7
-23
$408
$398,238
8
The Orchard



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