Box Office Column

by Brandon Gray
December 25, 1998

Wow! Despite Christmas falling on a Friday and a terribly crowded marketplace, the top 60 broke records, taking in $147.7 million, besting last year's December 26-28 period by $2.3 million. What's more incredible is how last year's same weekend only saw a 46% increase over the previous, whereas this year saw an 85% increase. And this was managed with the top three movies seeming to have almost identical demographics.

Patch Adams broke the record for a movie opening on Christmas weekend and broke Universal's losing streak. Given the relative weak showing of more straightforward family fare, Robin Williams in his trademark Robin Williams role must have drawn quite a few families, giving it the edge over Stepmom and You've Got Mail.

The Faculty failed to capitalize on the teen market. After all, it had this demographic all to itself and only managed $11.6 million. Let's hope that this and I Still Have a Ridiculously Long Title's soft box office is a sign of the slasher flick's demise.

The Thin Red Line scored a whopping $44,710 average ($223,548 from five screens). However, word is so decidedly mixed that chances of further box office glory seem unlikely.

10/21 'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
10/18 'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace
10/14 'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row
10/11 'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Look to Fend Off 'First Man', 'Goosebumps 2' & 'El Royale'
10/10 Warner Bros. and 'The Nun' Lead Second Highest Grossing September Ever
10/7 'Venom' Delivers October Opening Weekend Record While 'Star is Born' Shines
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WEEKEND: Weekend Actuals, 'Halloween' #1
DAILY: Friday, 'Halloween' #1
WEEKLY: 'Venom' Tops the Week with $45.9m
DAILY: Thursday 10/18 (58 tracked)
DAILY: Wednesday, 10/17 (34 tracked)
DAILY: Tuesday, 10/16 (41 tracked)
New MPAA Ratings Added
DAILY: Monday, 10/15 (35 tracked)