Despite a trio of new releases, the top 2 spots at this weekends box office look exactly like they did last week; "Venom" stays atop at #1, and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born" sits at #2.
"Venom" grabbed an additional $35.7 million this weekend, bringing its total to $142.8 million. The hold (-56%) was actually quite good considering the very critical reviews it has gotten. It appears again that audiences are a lot more sold on this one than critics are. "A Star is Born" had a mild -35% drop in week 2, bringing in $28.0 million in second place. Its total is now nearly $100 million, at $94.2 million.
Ryan Gosling's much-hyped "First Man" dissapointed a bit in 3rd place, with $16.5 million. Expectations had it closer to $20 million+. It's possible that the adult audience is so enamorred by "A Star is Born" that his film got a bit lost in the shuffle. "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" placed a decent 4th place finish start at $16.2 million. That's down from the $23 million the first film opened with in 2015, but considering this one looks like a cheaper direct-to-DVD version of the first film, it's a satisfying opening.
"Smallfoot" rounded out the top 5 with $9.3 million, bringing its total to $57.6 million after 3 weekends.
The other wide new release was "Bad Times at the El Royale", which bombed with $7.2 million in 7th place. The movie got good reviews and had an all-star cast (Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, etc.) but it appears it may have been a bit too art-house-ish for mainstream audiences. Still wanna see it though!