Box Office: October 26-28

Though October tends to do well in terms of horror with some nice box office returns, this year has seen some bigger highs thanks to Venom as well as Halloween doing some solid business. While there were a few new films released this past weekend there wasn’t anything that made a big splash overall. Halloween took the box office for the second week and is likely to have some good nights during the upcoming week as well as it did $32 million this weekend to bring it to just under $127 million in ten days. Add in another $45 million overseas and things are moving right along – all on a $10 million budget.

Venom is ready to hit the single digits for the weekends but it did another $11 million here to land at $187 million domestic while its overseas is pretty strong as the worldwide is now at $508 million. Not bad for a film that was expected to be a rushed and dump job based on the timeline from announcement to release for a special effects heavy character.

While A Star is Born continues to do well with another low drop this week, just 26%, it’s proving to be that quietly solid film that earns well like Greatest Showman. It’s at $148 million domestic with almost $105 million overseas so far for Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.

New films this week included Hunter Killer, which finished the highest of them at $6.6 million. It did score well with audiences that were almost split gender and 93% over twenty-five as its CinemaScore is an “A-” rating. Mid90’s expanded 1,200 screens and did $3 million to get it a tenth place spot. And finally, Johnny English Strikes Again did $1.6 million in 544 screens, which pretty much means it won’t see much of an expansion. It’s about par for the course for this franchise here but it’s continuing to do well overseas where it’s opened for a while now and is at $109 million since it got going back in September.

And for those anxiously anticipating it, Suspira hit two theaters this weekend for a $179,806 debut. It’ll expand into 250 screens next weekend.

Overseas news sees The Predator doing well in China as it took the top spot there with a $20 million take to help its worldwide total of just under $150 million. Ouch. And Fox brought out Bohemian Rhapsody early in the UK with a $12 million opening – which has it outperforming similar projects like A Star is Born and The Greatest Showman really well.

Next weekend on the domestic front, Fox has Bohemian Rhapsody opening in 3,800 screens while Paramount delivers Nobody’s Fool into 2,400 screens. Disney is going big with their push for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms in 3,800 screens. And in addition to Suspira with its expansion, Beautiful Boy is going to 350 screens. So expected a few lower ranking projects below to start disappearing fast.

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