THE METRIX | ‘Venom’, ‘A Star is Born’ Bury Chazelle’s ‘First Man’

Sony’s Venom repeats at number one with an estimated $35.7 million, dropping only 55.5 percent for a new domestic total of $142.8 million. The film is running right in line with Logan and Thor: The Dark World, which is very solid considering the overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics.

Audiences — especially families and younger boys — continue to eat this anti-hero blockbuster up. The $100 million budgeted film is already nearing $400 million worldwide ($378.1 million) and should hit that milestone by next weekend!

A Venom 2 is for sure happening.

Warner Bros’ A Star is Born held like a champ, dropping only 34.7 percent for a second weekend gross of $28 million. This proves word-of-mouth remains incredibly powerful among mainstream audiences who gifted the drama with an ‘A’ in Cinemascore last weekend.

Look for the film to hang around in the top five for many weeks to come. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut has already cumulated $94.2 million domestically, and $135.4 million worldwide, in only 10 days of release.

Paramount’s First Man hugely disappointed, coming in well below its $25-30 million tracking predictions, with a mere $16.5 million in the US. This is right in line with Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. With a ‘B+’ Cinemascore and a low audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes (63%), it seems like mainstream audiences aren’t reacting as intended toward this historical bio-pic. The over-performances of Venom and A Star is Born doesn’t help. Hopefully the film holds up nicely and sets up a scenario where this $58 million budgeted space-epic breaks even.

Columbia’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, while performing well below its predecessor ($23.6 million), still chocked up a “fine” $16.2 million opening weekend, almost edging out Damien Chazelle’s First Man for the number 3 spot. Luckily, the film was budgeted at only $35 million, and it should serve as solid family-fare throughout the rest of the Halloween season.

Breaking even, and possibly turning a profit, isn’t out of the question!

Unfortunately, there was no more room in the packed marketplace for 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale, which debuted at number 7, below holdovers Smallfoot ($9.3 million, $57.6 total) and Night School ($8 million, $59.8 million). The fantastic Drew Goddard directed film only managed to chock up $7.2 million in its opening weekend, which is much lower than his previous directorial effort, 2012’s Cabin in the Woods ($14.7 million).

This doesn’t put the $32 million budgeted film in a very good starting position. Hopefully it will stick around and play toward the niche, cinephile crowd. This bonkers, genre decomposition piece deserves every penny.

For more box office coverage, stay tuned to Movies Matrix.

 

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