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Battle at the Box Office 10/15

Venom and A Star is Born held off all new contenders over the weekend and remained on top at #1 and #2 with strong second weekend performances.

Venom had a much smaller drop than anticipated, falling 55% from last weekend and staying on top with another $35.7 million and bringing it to over $142.8 million for its two weeks out, putting it $10 million behind Logan, which is what Box Office Mojo is using to compare performance.  It’s also made $235.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of just over $378 million.

A Star is Born took in another $28 million and only dropped 34% from last weekend, bringing it to just over $94 million total.  It’s currently Bradley Cooper’s 13th highest grossing film as an actor, although the top of that list is dominated by the Guardians movies and Infinity War.

First Man took third place with $16.5 million, which is about $4 million above where La La Land was the first weekend it opened in over 3,000 theaters but it’s hard to directly compare because La La Land slowly opened into wide release over many weeks.  Compared to other space movies, it’s nowhere near Gravity’s opening of $55 million and it’s even below Apollo 13, which took in over $25 million back in 1995. The opening was up to the studio’s expectations going into the weekend however and Universal is hoping it performs around a 4x multiplier or around $70 million when all is said and done.

Goosebumps 2 probably did not live up Sony’s expectations, opening $7 million below the first film and $10 million below what The House with a Clock in Its Walls made in its opening weekend (Jack Black is featured in both and there had to be a ton of confusion among general audiences).

Smallfoot and Night School rounded out the top 5.

The final new release of the weekend, Bad Times at the El Royale, took seventh place with $7.225 million, which is half as much as Drew Goddard’s previous movie, The Cabin in the Woods, made in its opening weekend back in 2012.  Weirdly enough, it’s opening is actually almost exactly the same as another Jeff Bridges movie, the already forgotten fantasy movie Seventh Son from 2015 that made $7.217 million in 2,875 theaters compared to El Royale’s 2,808.

The Hate U Give jumped into the top ten from 13th place last week, making $1.7 million in only 248 theaters.

The best Per Theater average goes to Beautiful Boy, the new movie starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell, which made $55,359 in each of the 4 theaters it played.

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