November is in full swing and after a record October the second-to-last month of 2018 showed no signs of slowing down with a pair of potential hits heading to theaters, a new comedy starring one of the most bankable genre stars of today, and of course the continued success of holdovers that made October such a huge month at the box office. A biopic, a new take of a classic fairytale, and a movie about catfishing all looked to take the top spot to start the month off strong, but which one reigned supreme? I think you know from that pun alone. Let’s break down the box office results for Nov. 2-4, 2018.
Coming in at number one was, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The biopic about the band Queen, specifically their lead singer Freddie Mercury, earned mixed reviews from critics especially due to its PG-13 rating but still managed to bring in some love from fans who turned out to the tune of $50 million domestically for the film’s debut. Despite its troubled production “Bohemian Rhapsody” surpassed box office predictions and ended up destroying the competition eventually earning $72.5 million across the world in its opening weekend. With only “A Star is Born” to compete with in terms of musical films for the rest of the year “Bohemian Rhapsody” could prove to have a long-lasting life at the box office even if it may not receive the Oscar love that many felt it might deserve. If you’d like my take on the film, you can read my review here.
Coming in a distant second is Disney’s take on the “Nutcracker” story, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. Destroyed by critics and largely ignored by audiences, Disney’s first full-on take on the legendary story-turned-ballet took in only $20 million domestically on what some have estimated to be as much as a $150 million budget. Both audiences and critics slammed the film as generic, forgettable and boring which certainly led to underperforming numbers even by the most conservative estimates. If you’d like to read my take you can do so here but be warned it’s not very favorable either. Finishing in third was a movie I did not review and may not see for myself, “Nobody’s Fool” a comedy about catfishing starring the always amusing Tiffany Haddish. The Tyler Perry-led comedy received a warm welcome from audiences although critics panned it. All the same it earned $14 million and a third-place finish above some very heavy carryover competition. Not bad for a movie with a $19 million budget.
The rest of the top ten was pretty standard really. “A Star is Born” dropped from second to fourth but continued to show staying power with another small twenty percent drop. Last week’s repeat #1 “Halloween” lost a lot of steam with the Halloween holiday now past and dropped to fifth. Rounding out the top ten in descending order were “Venom”, Smallfoot”, “Goosebumps 2”, “Hunter Killer” and “The Hate U Give” with “First Man”, “Night School” and “Mid90s” all bumped out of the top ten. “Beautiful Boy”, a film receiving some early Oscar buzz for its performances, continues to climb as it expands to more theaters this week. It jumped from seventeenth to thirteenth over the weekend thanks to adding 348 locations to its lineup. Another potential Oscar contender, “Boy Erased” entered the chart in twenty-second after opening in five theaters over the weekend.
Looking to the weekend ahead three new offerings will likely shake up the top ten even more with the new animated take on “The Grinch”, the reboot of the “Dragon Tattoo” series “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and the well-reviewed J.J. Abrams production “Overlord” all looking to earn some box office love. Personally, I think that “The Grinch” will take it, but the “Dragon Tattoo” film has a devoted fanbase that could help it become a surprise while “Overlord’s” great reviews could also lead to some interesting results. We’ll have to wait until this time next week to see which movie comes out on top in the end.