Damien Chazelle's First Man stumbles in its first weekend, but could pull through to be an awards season beast.
What should have been the weekend's biggest hit, Damien Chazelle's First Man (#3) lost its luster to last weekend's king and queen: Venom (#1) and A Star is Born (#2). Sony's anti-superhero film, Venom, held the top spot better than most expected, earning an additional $35.7 million. That amount is a drop of just 55%. It now sits to cross $150 million later this week.
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star is Born, debuted in second place last weekend to incredible reviews. Word of mouth helped the film drop just 35%, earning $28 million. It will cross the $100 million mark this wee on its way to becoming an awards season heavy-hitter.
As part of that awards season conversation, Chazelle's First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, should have had a harder hit to the box office. Chazelle's last film, La La Land was both a box office and critical success, tying Titanic and All About Even with the most Oscar nominations ever. In its first weekend, First Man managed just $16.5 million, including numbers from IMAX screens. While that isn't the best start, other adult-focused films, like Bridge of Spies, have tended to have long legs. Many are saying First Man is the film to beat at the upcoming Academy Awards, but that box office number may hurt its chances.
There were two other major releases this weekend. The kid-friendly horror sequel, Goosebumps 2 (#4), starring Jack Black opened just behind First Man with $16.2 million. Ensemble thriller Bad Times at the El Royale (#7) debuted lower than expectations with just $7.2 million.
In limited release, surprise festival favorite The Hate U Give (#9) earned $1.765 million from 248 locations. It will expand nationwide this coming weekend.
Plus, Beautiful Boy (#19), starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell, earned one of the year's best per screen averages with $55,359 per screen from 4 theaters for a total of $221,437. The film is set to be a major Oscar player for both of its stars, with Chalamet predicted to pick up his first win.
Leaving the top ten this weekend are Crazy Rich Asians (#13) for the first time since its August release, horror flicks The Nun (#11) and Hell Fest (#16), and troubled sci-fi thriller The Predator (#21).
Opening next weekend are modern horror sequel Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green. The film has earned festival raves and promising reviews, plus it's the season's most notable horror release. The Hate U Give will hit 2,300 theaters and The Old Man & the Gun (#15) will continue to expand.
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1. VENOM - $35.7 million
2. A STAR IS BORN - $28 million
3. FIRST MAN - $16.5 million
4. GOOSEBUMPS 2 - $16.2 million
5. SMALLFOOT - $9.3 million
6. NIGHT SCHOOL - $8 million
7. BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE - $7.2 million
8. THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS - $3.9 million
9. THE HATE U GIVE - $1.76 million
10. A SIMPLE FAVOR - $1.3 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.