Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born performs above expectations.
In 2013, Gravity set a new record for October film releases with a staggering $55+ million haul. October is traditionally a slower month, full of art-house treasures and awards season hopefuls. But, as superhero and other comic book films have proven, it doesn't matter what month it is, the movies will bring in the crowds.
Sony's Venom (#1), a villain story starring Tom Hardy, brought in a record $80 million, despite harsh criticism leading into the weekend. That debut places it ahead of Ant-Man and the Wasp (#26) and just barely behind Solo: A Star Wars Story in this year's rankings.
With a B+ CinemaScore, Venom could prove to be a profitable anti-prestige offering. There's also a lack of superhero or comic book competition until later this year when Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse open.
Opening above projections, A Star is Born (#2) brought in $41.25 million, a huge number in terms of romantic-focused films and musicals. Starring Lady Gaga and directed by first-timer Bradley Cooper, the film entered the weekend with incredible reviews. Out of the film festivals earlier this season, the film had already picked up plenty of awards season buzz. It's second-place box office finish will all-but secure some attention as the awards season draws closer.
There weren't any other major film releases, but a few holdovers proved to stay strong. WB's Smallfoot (#3) dropped just 35% in its second weekend. And, National Geographic's Free Solo (#12) expanded to 41 theaters, bringing in $540,000.
Opening in limited release, festival favorite The Hate U Give (#13) performed well, earning $500,000 from just 36 theaters. It will open wide across the country this coming weekend.
Leaving the top ten this weekend are Jennifer Garner's Peppermint (#29) and Matthew McConaughey's White Boy Rick (#11). Both films entered the season with a substantial amount of buzz, but neither proved to have much staying power. White Boy Rick could still get an awards season push later this year, mostly for McConaughey's performance.
Opening later this week, Damien Chazelle's Oscar play First Man will open in wide release on over 3,500 screens. Sony will release Bad Times at the El Royale, an ensemble drama/thriller. And, for families, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will hope to steal some of Venom's crowd.
(bold signifies a new release)
1. VENOM - $80 million
2. A STAR IS BORN - $41.25 million
3. SMALLFOOT - $14.9 million
4. NIGHT SCHOOL - $12.275 million
5. THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS - $7.295 million
6. A SIMPLE FAVOR - $3.435 million
7. THE NUN - $2.6 million
8. HELL FEST - $2.075 million
9. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $2.06 million
10. THE PREDATOR - $900,000
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.