I’m a little late posting my Box Office Breakdown this week, but if you’ve followed the numbers you’ll know there weren’t too many surprises. While last week I predicted that “First Man” or another film might be able to wrestle away the top spot (I’ve gotta get better at this) it was last week’s top two, “Venom” and “A Star is Born”, that ended up duking it out for the win. So which of these box office behemoths came out on top? Let’s break it down and find out. This is the Box Office breakdown for Oct. 12-14, 2018.
Originally the weekend looked like “A Star is Born” would have a great shot at topping Sony’s “Venom” for the box office crown, but the result was more anticlimactic than many originally expected. “Venom” held the top spot for a second straight week with $35.7 million. It’s the second weekend that “Venom” topped expectations with a mild fall of 55%. The film also remains the top film globally despite mixed reviews at best from most critics. In second was “A Star is Born”. The potential Oscar favorite from WB held strong with $28 million domestically and a drop of only 35% and continued to show staying power overseas as well. With the new “Halloween” film hitting theaters this weekend it’s likely we will see these two films each drop at least one spot by this time next week.
Next up are two new entries to the box office lineup. “First Man”, another early contender for Oscar season, came in third within studio expectations with $16.5 million. Despite controversy over the exclusion of the planting of the American flag on the moon causing some to turn away from the film, accusing it of making a political statement, the Damien Chazelle directed and Ryan Gosling-led story of Neil Armstrong performed well with audiences and critics who saw the picture but in an odd twist the film barely beat out another new entry, “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”. Sony’s sequel to 2015’s “Goosebumps” earned $16.2 million at the domestic box office despite poor critical reviews and the fact that it’s competition included “A House with a Clock in Its Walls”, another Jack Black feature that many felt would cause confusion and see the “Goosebumps” sequel falter. I did do reviews for both of the new films so if you’d like to read my thoughts on “First Man” you can do so here or if you’re interested in my take on “Goosebumps 2” you can read that review here. Rounding out the top five over the weekend was WB Animation’s “Smallfoot”.
Two other new films entered the top ten this weekend, the critically praised thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale” and the limited release “The Hate U Give”. “Bad Times” placed in seventh in the final tally, behind sixth place “Night School”, earning $7.1 million and was followed by “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” in eighth. “The Hate U Give” made an impressive debut in the top ten after releasing in only 248 theaters finishing in ninth while “The Nun” rounded out the top ten. “The Hate U Give” is slated to expand this weekend to compete with “Halloween”. Look for my reviews of both “Bad Times” and “The Hate U Give” coming soon as well as “Halloween” which promises to be the heavy favorite to top the box office going into the weekend.