Before we get started
I need to address the two weeks I’ve been absent from this blog. Without saying too much, while also remaining as transparent as possible, I hit a bit of a mental block when it came to writing for this thing. To the few of you that read everything I post here, I’m sorry. Our behavior is so dominated by the reward centers of our brains, that when a sense of hopelessness settles in it can appear daunting to even sit at the keyboard and clack away for a few hours. Progress isn’t quite as obvious when the nature of your work is stationary – no pun intended. I’m back and hopefully on the right track with generating content.
Also, I am working on a manuscript for a novel. That takes time.
Why not post a separate article as an update on the blog? Because, dear reader, that’s more effort than should be spent airing out personal matters. Work smarter, not harder.
On to the box office.
Halloween’s back, baby
Normally when an old property is revived with the original cast, the results are less than stellar. In today’s nostalgia-laden and quality-conscious age, a long-awaited sequel can carry near insurmountable expectations. That isn’t the case with Michael Myers’ return to the big screen. I guess a mountain of shit-quality sequels lowered the bar enough for the average consumer to walk away happy with anything other than absolute garbage. However, Halloween (2018) has managed solid scores from critics and audiences, which allowed it to leap to the top of the box office pile, eclipsing both Venom and A Star is Born, which both have seen some serious legs.
The only other film worth mentioning was the limited release of Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, which only hit four screens. We’ll see how that performs once it goes wide on October 26. The early response from critics has been decent and Jonah Hill is a big name, especially coming off the success of Netflix original series Maniac, where he stars alongside fellow Superbad alum Emma Stone. We shall see.
Anywho, let’s take a glance at BoxOfficeMojo.com and break down the weekend numbers.
Weekend top ten
- Halloween debuted to $76.2m domestic, $14.3m international, and $90.5m global. Thanks to tremendous word of mouth and the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, this sequel / refresh earned the second largest October opening of all time, behind Venom‘s $80m from several weeks ago. This is a stellar debut for a film made for $10m.
- A Star is Born earned $19m domestic in its third weekend, surpassing Venom almost every day this past week. The Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga drama has yet to drop over 40%. It’s totals so far are $126.1m domestic, $75.6m international, and $201.7m global. For an R-rated directorial debut, it doesn’t get much better.
- Venom narrowly missed third place over the weekend, having earned $18m in North America. Last weekend it suffered a drop of over 50%, whereas this week it held on more firmly with a drop of 48.5%. Just goes to show that comic book fans aren’t concerned with the quality of their entertainment, only that it’s their entertainment. The film currently sits at $171m domestic, $290.7m international, and $461.7m global.
- Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween remained in fourth place with $9.7m in North America. The film, a sequel to a movie I didn’t see, based on a R.L. Stine’s celebrated children’s horror book series, dropped a respectable 38.5% and has the following totals: $28.8m domestic, $11.1m international, and $39.9m global.
- First Man, Damien Chazelle’s third feature film, continues to underwhelm audiences. The tale of unrepentant stoic Neil Armstrong as he stone-faces his way to the moon, ignores his wife, and silently resents Buzz Aldrin, earned $8.3m domestically. Its totals are currently $29.7m domestic, $25.7m international, and $55.4m global. That’s about $4m shy of its production budget. The far-reaching allure of Gravity has officially waned.
- The Hate U Give added over 2,000 theaters. Officially in wide release, it earned $7.6m to bring its domestic total to $10.7m. It has a long way to go before it earns back its $29m budget.
- Smallfoot, an incredibly forgettable movie that’s barely worth talking about, earned $6.5m domestic. Its totals are currently $66.3m domestic, $71.2m international, and $137.5m global.
- Night School, another pitifully forgettable movie and shameless appeal to Kevin Hart’s arguably diminishing appeal, earned $4.8m domestically. Its totals are $66.7m domestic, $17.6m international, and $84.3m global.
- Bad Times at the El Royale dropped 52.1% and two places in its second weekend. So far the Drew Goddard ensemble feature is struggling to earn back its $32m budget. So far, it’s earned $13.4m domestic, $7.9m international, and $21.3m global.
- The Old Man & the Gun, Robert Redford’s supposed final film, jumped up five places to round out the top ten. Fox Searchlight added over 500 theaters to bring it into wide release following decent reception in limited release. It earned $2.1m, bringing its domestic and only total up to $4.2m.
Honorable mention to Jonah Hill’s Mid90s, which debuted in limited release to $258k, which doesn’t seem like much until you consider that that’s from four theaters. That’s a stellar $64.5k theater average. Oh, and for some reason, Disney still has Incredibles II in theaters. The smash of the late summer, Crazy Rich Asians, is still raking in over a million a week, half a million just this past weekend. Wonderful.
Alright, that’s all I care to talk about.
Since I’m a few weeks behind on predictions, I think I’m just going to leave you all with a shorter article today. I might separate the predictions into their own things right before the weekend. Who knows. I leave you with a calm and colorful image of autumn. Enjoy the season, dear reader.
Until next time.