The tight race we expected for the weekend, actually became that of an underwhelming circumstance, as “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” held on tight to their grip at the weekend box office. “Venom” won the weekend for the second week in a row with an estimated $35.7 million, dropping just 55% in its second weekend as the film’s domestic cume now total $143 million after just ten days in release. Heading into the weekend, a 60%+ drop seemed to be in the cards based off historical patterns, but “Venom” continues to outperform expectation as the symbiotic anti-hero continues to infect the box office; holding on similar to “Logan,” which dipped 56.9% in its second weekend.
Internationally, “Venom” remained the #1 film as well at the global box office. Delivering an estimated $69.7 million from 54 overseas markets for an international cume of $235.3 million, “Venom” is continuing to run the gauntlet heroically as the critical and audience divided film is gaining steam to be that of an audience favorite.
In the runner-up position was the critic and audience favored “A Star Is Born.” Dropping just 35% in its sophomore frame for an estimated $28 million, “A Star Is Born” now has a domestic gross just shying $95 million after ten days in release. Internationally, “A Star Is Born” dipped a mere 14% compared to last weekend. Bringing in an estimated $20.2 million from 65 markets for an overseas cume that now tops $41 million, “A Star Is Born” is having a fair bit of success as well as it sets its eyes on the Australian market next weekend and then Japan later this year.
Universal provided another box office hit this weekend with that of Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” which managed to capture a third-place finish with an estimated $16.5 million opening weekend. Just over that of the $15.3 million opening for “Bridge of Spies” in 2015, it is expected that “First Man” will perform with a 4.7x multiplier to reign in around $70-$80 million when it finishes its domestic run. The film received a “B+” Cinemascore from audiences and currently sits at an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, as “First Man” seems to have a positive train track laid before it as it begins its box office run.
Internationally, “First Man” launched in 22 markets and brought in an estimated $8.6 million, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $25.1 million. The UK leads the other markets with a $3.1 million debut in comparison to the other markets averaging at most $1 million or less.
Right behind “First Man,” in fourth place, is Sony’s “Goosebumps 2” with an estimated $16.2 million. The film played to an audience that was split 50/50 male and female and received a “B” Cinemascore from the opening day audiences. In a very similar role to that “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” “Goosebumps 2” seems to have a so-so future ahead of it and might need a lending hand from audiences that are hoping to see the third film in the future. Internationally, “Goosebumps 2” debuted in 16 markets this weekend with an estimated $3.7 million, Mexico leads the way with a $1.7 million debut.
Rounding out the top five is “Smallfoot” with an estimated $9.3 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $57.8 million. Internationally the film grossed an estimated $14.5 million from 57 overseas markets for an international cume that now stands at now $52.6 million. Outside the top five, “Bad Times at the El Royale” debuted with an estimated $7.2 million as the film received a disappointing “B-” Cinemascore. The film also debuted in 36 overseas markets and collected an estimated $4.05 million from those markets as the mystery ensemble seems to be lacking that spark for both critics and audiences which may become fatal for its box office run.
Also of note is “Crazy Rich Asians,” which brought in an estimated $1.07 million this weekend which means it has now topped $171 million to become only the sixth romantic comedy ever to reach that milestone.
Finishing ninth is Fox’s “The Hate U GIve” with $1.765 million from 248 location as the film is set to open nationwide this coming weekend which looks to be a stiffly constructed battle as Universal’s “Halloween” is set to open in approximately 3700 locations. “The Old Man & the Gun” is also set to open in over 600 location as the fall season begins to heat up.