Venom and A Star is Born Repeat at the Top of the Box Office

The top two spots at the weekend box office were a repeat from the previous week as Venom and A Star is Born went one-two again. Two new films, First Man and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween followed at three and four.

Venom dropped just 55.5% and earned an estimated $35.7 million to bring its domestic earnings to $142.8 million. That’s impressive as everyone expected a drop of at least 60%+ based on past movie performances. It’s outperforming expectations in every way.

Internationally, the film was in first place as well adding an estimated $69.7 million from 54 markets. It has now earned $235.3 million. It next opens in Japan on November 2 and an opening in China hasn’t been determined yet. That’s a worldwide total of $378.1 million after two weeks on just a $100 million budget. The film is a success surviving poor reviews from critics.

In second was A Star is Born which added $28 million domestically, a drop of just 34.7%. It’s earned $94.2 million so far. The film also added $20.2 million from 65 markets overseas, a 14% drop from th previous week. Next weekend the film opens in Australia and then Japan after that on December 21.

In third place was First Man which debuted around expectations. The film earned $16.5 million over three days. The movie received a “B+” CinemaScore and currently has an 88% rating on RottenTomatoes. The film’s audiience was 56% male and 52% were 35 years of age or older. Internationally the film opened in 22 markets with an estimated $8.6 million for a worldwide total of $25.1 million.

With $16.2 million and fourth place was Goosebumps 2 which also met expectations. The film’s audience was split 50-50 and 72% under the age of 25. It received a “B” CinemaScore. The movie also debuted in 16 markets with an estimated $3.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Smallfoot which dropped from third place the previous week. The film earned an estimated $9.3 million to bring its domestic total to $57.6 million. It also earned $14.5 million from 57 markets to bring its international earnings to $52.6 million.

When it comes to comic films…

Ant-Man and the Wasp came in at #26 for the weekend adding $90,00 to its domestic total to bring that to $216.5 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptations.