Weekend box office: 'Venom' sets October opening record

Venom (Photo: Sony)

Weekend Box Office - October 5-7, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) The weekend didn’t exactly go as planned for Sony’s “Venom.” Most estimates, even after a dominant Friday, saw the film finishing with $55 million. That would have been good enough for the second best opening ever in October; just short of the $55.7 million that “Gravity” brought home in 2013.

“Venom” annihilated even the most robust predictions on its way to a domestic opening of $80 million. Critics gave the film failing grades, but CinemaScore has audiences giving the film a favorable B+. It will be very interesting to see how the movie holds next week, even a 60 percent drop will push the film past the $100 million mark. Overseas the film has already passed that benchmark as it took in an additional $125 million from foreign markets. That puts the worldwide total at $205 million.

“Venom” wasn’t the only film to post fantastic numbers this weekend as “A Star is Born” remake starring Bradley Cooper (who also directed) and Lady Gaga is set to finish with $41 million. The film has been praised by critics and audiences alike and could be poised for a strong run leading into November. International numbers were more muted as the film brought in $14 million, Still, a worldwide total of $55 million after only a handful of days is everything Warner Bros. could have hoped for.

The animated family film “Smallfoot” fell a scant 35 percent from last week with a weekend total of $14.9 million, $42 million domestic total after two weeks. Worldwide the film has earned $75 million.

Night School,” a comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart, fell a 55 percent in its second weekend with a total just above $12 million. The film has a domestic total of $46 million and a worldwide total of $58 million.

In fifth place goes to the family fright film “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” with $7.2 million. Worldwide the film has now earned $79 million against its $42-million budget.

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