'Halloween' Repeats at #1, Helping October 2018 Reach Record Heights
by Brad Brevet
October 28, 2018
The weekend played out mostly as expected with a repeat of last weekend's top four films, led by Universal's Halloween, which has now delivered over $126 million in just ten days in release. Lionsgate's release of Summit's Hunter Killer led the week's new wide releases with a top five finish while A24's expansion of Jonah Hill's Mid90s secured a top ten finish. The biggest news, however, might be the overall month of October, which is now the highest grossing October of all-time with grosses topping $785 million with three days in the month left to go.
Repeating atop the weekend box office is Universal's release of Blumhouse and Miramax's Halloween. The horror hit dipped 58% in its second weekend, delivering an estimated $32 million as its domestic cume now climbs over $126 million after just ten days in release, all on a reported $10 million production budget.
Halloween is also the #1 film internationally, delivering an estimated $25.6 million from 62 markets for an international total that now stands at $45.6 million and a global cume topping $172 million. The film added 39 markets this weekend including a #1 finish in Germany with an estimated $3.2 million along with openings in France ($2.3m), Australia ($2m), Spain ($1.36m), Brazil ($1.4m) and Italy ($1.27m). The film will open in Thailand and Korea next weekend while it won't be debuting in Japan until April 12, 2019.
Warner Bros.'s A Star is Born continues its strong run both at home and abroad, dropping just -26% domestically this weekend for a $14.1 million three-day and a domestic cume that has now climbed to nearly $149 million. Internationally, A Star is Born dipped just -23% this weekend, adding an additional $17.6 million from 75 markets in release for an international total that now stands at $104.6 million and a global tally topping $253 million.
Sony's Venom landed in third with an estimated $10.8 million bringing its domestic cume to $187.3 million. The film's global tally has now topped $500 million after adding an additional $17.3 million overseas this weekend for a worldwide cume that now stands at a $508.4 million.
Sony also lands in fourth position with Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween dropping just -23% as it enters its third week in release with an estimated $7.5 million. The film's domestic cume has now topped $38 million. The film also added $10.3 million to its international total this weekend, which now stands at $24.2 million for a global cume topping $62.5 million.
Finishing in fifth position is Hunter Killer, from Lionsgate's Summit Premiere label, which fell short of expectations, delivering an estimated $6.65 million this weekend from 2,720 locations. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to a crowd that was 55% male and 93% were aged 25 years or older.
Rounding out the top ten is A24's Mid90s, which brought in an estimated $3 million after expanding into 1,206 theaters (+1,202) following a successful limited bow last weekend.
Finishing outside the top ten, Universal's Johnny English Strikes Again brought in an estimated $1.6 million from 544 theaters and a $2,989 per theater average. The film played to an audience that was 57% male while 59% of the overall audience was aged 25 and older. The third film in the Johnny English franchise, of course, is more of an international play as it added another $7.1 million internationally this weekend bringing its global cume to a hearty $109.3 million after debuting overseas back in mid-September. The film has already topped the lifetime gross of 2011's Johnny English Reborn in 36 markets and 2003's Johnny English in 46 markets with the UK leading the way with $18.2 million as it enters its fourth week in release in the market.
Right behind Johnny was Pure Flix's Indivisible, which debuted with an estimated $1.57 million from 830 locations. Indivisible received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to a crowd that was 55% female with 68% of the overall audience coming in aged 35 years or older.
Elsewhere, Amazon Studios's Beautiful Boy expanded into 189 locations (+141) this weekend and brought in an estimated $592,897 for a domestic cume that now stands at $1.4 million. The film will expand to 300-400 theaters next weekend. Right behind it, Fox Searchlight's Can You Ever Forgive Me? expanded into 25 locations (+20) with an estimated $380k ($15,200 PTA).
In limited release, Amazon's release of Suspiria debuted in two theaters in New York and Los Angeles with an estimated $179,806, delivering a chart-topping $89,903 per theater average. The film will expand into ~250 theaters next weekend.
Additional limited releases include Neon's Border, which brought in an estimated $71,565 ($10,224 PTA); Well Go's Burning brought in an estimated $28,650 from two theaters; Zipporah Films's Monrovia, Indiana debuted in one theater with $6,100; and Abramorama's Weed the People also opened in one theater, bringing in an estimated $4,279.
A few additional international notes include Fox releasing The Predator in China this weekend where it finished #1 with an estimated $20 million, helping push the film's overseas cume over $98 million for a global cume just shy of $150 million.
Fox also made headlines with the early launch of Bohemian Rhapsody in the UK where it delivered an estimated $12.2 million, outperforming the openings of A Star is Born by +127% as well as The Greatest Showman (+95%), La La Land (+46%) and Les Miserables (+15%). Fox will release the film domestically next weekend in approximately 3,800 locations along with an additional 64 international markets including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and Spain.
Additional domestic releases next weekend include Paramount's release of Tyler Perry's Nobody's Fool starring Tiffany Haddish into 2,400 theaters and Disney will release their first film since the early August release of Christopher Robin in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which will debut in over 3,800 theaters.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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