Sunday, October 21, 2018

Weekend Box-Office: HALLOWEEN Scares Up Massive $77.5M Debut


The Jason Blum produced horror sequel/reboot "Halloween" dominated the weekend box-office and performed even better than expected. It also helped that there were no other new wide releases. The film's huge debut contributed to the second largest October weekend ever.

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"Halloween" topped the charts with an impressive $77.5 million from 3,928 theaters. It wasn't enough to beat the October record set by "Venom" with its $80.2 million opening weekend, but it did break the record for largest October opening day of all-time with $33.2 million on Friday. It's also the second largest debut ever for an R-rated horror film, ahead of "The Nun" ($53.8 million), and behind last year's "It" ($123.4 million). On top of that, "Halloween" cost only $10 million to produce.

Overseas, the film brought in $14.3 million from 23 markets. There are still 46 countries awaiting its release. Overall, "Halloween" was a hit with the critics (80% on Rotten Tomatoes and 68 on Metacritic), and even audiences seem to have enjoyed the experience ("B+" on CinemaScore).

The musical drama "A Star is Born" held over in second place with $19.3 million after a soft 32% drop, which brings its domestic total to $126.3 million. Internationally, the film has grossed another $22.8 million, bringing its foreign total to $74.7 million.

The comic book flick "Venom" dropped to #3 this week. The film has grossed $18.1 million over the weekend, and has brought in a total of $171.1 million domestically. Overseas it's still the #1 film with $32.3 million from 65 countries. Its foreign tally has reached $290.7 million.

In fourth place we find "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween", which dropped 38% and grossed $9.7 million over the weekend. The film's domestic total now stands at a rather unimpressive $28.8 million after 10 days. Internationally the film has grossed a total of 11.1 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the biopic "First Man" which dropped 46% and brought in $8.5 million over the weekend for a domestic total of $29.9 million. It's not a stellar result for Universal, as the studio had high hopes for the film. 

In other news, the young adult drama "The Hate U Give" expanded nationwide this weekend, adding 2,055 theaters, and climbed from #9 last week to #6 with $7.5 million over for the 3-day timeframe. The film has grossed a total of $10.6 million, so far, and considering its rare "A+" CinemaScore grade, it could do well in the next weeks.

New Wide Releases: "Halloween".

Biggest Drop : "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" (-54.7%)

Smallest Drop : "Smallfoot" (-27%)

RankTitleWeekend GrossDomestic TotalForeign TotalBudget
2A Star is Born$19.3M$126.3M$74.7M$36M
4Goosebumps 2$9.7M$28.8M$11.1M$35M
5First Man$8.5M$29.9M$25.5M$59M
6The Hate U Give$7.5M$10.6MN/A$23M
8Night School$5M$66.9M$17.5M$29M
9Bad Times at the El Royale$3.3M$13.3M$8M$32M
10The Old Man & The Gun$2M$4.2MN/AN/A


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