There is no denying the staying power of last week’s champions. Both Venom and A Star Is Born dominated the box office for a second straight week. The previous top two films more than doubled up the third-place film.
Venom held onto the top spot bringing in 35.7 million over the weekend. While a 55.5% drop from week 1 to week 2 is creeping towards the larger side, it is far less of a drop than what was expected for this comic book movie. Predictions had the drop in the 60s. While scoring a horridly rotten 31% from critics, fans and movie goers aren’t having it. On Rotten Tomatoes fans are 88% positive with it while Cinemascore watchers give it an equivalent B+.
Hold an extremely strong second place, A Star Is Born brought in another $28 million, only dropping just under 35% from week 1 to week 2. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and talk of Oscar gold surrounds it. Expect this film to have legs for several more weeks.
The first of the new films to debut came in at #3 with First Man, the story of Neil Armstrong. It was a distant third though as it only managed $16.5 million. This was actually close to expectations however.
In a very tight fourth place was the Halloween movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Jack Black and Co brought in $16.2 million. As the lone kids’ movie for Halloween, Goosebumps 2 may have some legs in the coming weeks. On a $35 million budget, it should be in good shape.
Finally, in a distant fifth place is Smallfoot. In its third week it managed $9.3 million. It appears movie goers had little interest in the Chris Hemsworth film Bad Times At the El Royale. It could only manage seventh place and a disappointing 7.2 million.
There is only one movie due out next weekend, but its a doozy! Halloween, the direct sequel, has Michael Myers returning, but Laurie Strode will be ready. Look for this to be a big premiere. Then again do not underestimate the staying power of Lady Gaga.