This past weekend was a predictable one for the box office in a lot of ways as many films held pat from the previous week. However, this doesn’t mean that October is a slow month. In fact it’s reaching record numbers making 2018 one of the most successful years in modern memory for cinemas. So as the month winds down and the final numbers for the final weekend of the year come in lets see which films are shining and which ones are losing steam. Let’s break it down for the weekend of Oct. 26-28, 2018.
As expected the top spot of the weekend goes to “Halloween”. The horror sequel already set records over its first weekend and took in another $32 million domestically over the weekend as well as $25.6 million more internationally where it also stayed at number one. The film now stands at $126 million domestically on a $10 million budget making is a monster success already as was expected. Honestly not a lot more action took place in the rest of the top five. “A Star is Born” held on to second place once again with $14.1 million domestically and topping $253 million globally while Sony’s “Venom” held in third and “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” stayed in fourth. The only new entry into the top five was “Hunter Killer”. The latest Girard Butler-led action film under-performed expectations ending in fifth place with $6.65 million with lukewarm reviews from critics. In a rare turn of events for me the reviews were so underwhelming I decided to pass on it rather than review it as I had previously planned. It’s on the back-burner so I may still give it a watch but it looks like the film will fade into obscurity pretty quickly.
While not a lot of action took place in the top five the big news from the weekend is that October 2018 is a record month for Hollywood. As of Sunday afternoon over $785 million in gross revenue was taken in from films like “Venom”, “A Star is Born”, “Halloween” and others that made this October the most successful in history. Previously 2014 had been the most successful October bringing in $758 million. It’s the second time in 2018 a monthly record has been set. This year also set records for February on the heels of “Black Panther”.
Looking at the rest of the top ten, “The Hate U Give” held strong in sixth. I reviewed the film over the weekend since I really wasn’t into viewing “Hunter Killer” and you can read my review of the film here if you’d like. Following in seventh was “First Man” and rounding out the top ten in order were “Smallfoot”, “Night School” and “Mid90s”. The later film, “Mid90s”, is the directorial debut of Jonah Hill and enters the top ten after debuting in the top twenty in limited release last week. Look for my review of that film to be posted tomorrow.
This weekend will be a fun one to watch as there’s some interesting potential coming to the big screen. The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which has earned a lot of buzz heading into the penultimate month of 2018, will debut on the big screen along with Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” which is kind of hard to get a read on whether it will be a huge hit or an epic flop. The underdog of the weekend will be the Tiffany Haddish-led comedy “Nobody’s Fool”. Come back next Monday to see the results here on Cinema Spotlight and look for more reviews, including my take on “Bohemian Rhapsody”, coming soon.