BOX OFFICE: “Venom” sucks up $35, “Goosebumps 2” may edge “First Man” — “El Royale” bombs

box1The earliest looks at this weekend’s box office race had “Venom” falling off 65% or more from its breathless $80 million+ opening, and hitting the $30 million mark on its second weekend.

Lady Gaga fans had a shot at unseating the critically-reviled superhero movie from Sony, so the thinking went. “A Star Is Born” was headed to near $30 itself, and Friday’s numbers bore that out.

But Saturday widened the gap as “Venom” pushed towards a $35-37 million second weekend (What is WRONG with you people? You were WARNED!) and “Star” cooled off more than expected (To $28.1, not bad, it will be over $100 million by Tuesday).

“First Man,” an Oscar-hyped portrait of enigmatic spaceman Neil Armstrong, has to be labeled a box office disappointment. It’s a very good film, but without the action beats and melodrama of “Gravity” or “The Martian,” it was never going to make box office history. It’ll be lucky to manage $17, and that would allow it bragging rights over “Goosebumps II,” which opened opposite it.

“Goosebumps,” being a kids’ film, had a good Saturday and with a decent Sunday will surpass “First Man” in third place.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” had a lot of fanboy hype, but is an empty filmgoing experience, kind of nonsensical, with “names” Jon Hamm and Jeff Bridges and Dakota Johnson not enough to sell it.

“The Hate U Give” did quite well in limited release, cracking the top ten with over $1.5 million on under 250 screens.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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1 Response to BOX OFFICE: “Venom” sucks up $35, “Goosebumps 2” may edge “First Man” — “El Royale” bombs

  1. Dawn says:

    Saw the El Royals movie, it sucked. The last 45 minutes of it I almost walked out of it. venom was pretty good but I think it’ll be better the next time I see it. The hate U give, I haven’t seen yet but it seems like it is a one-sided view against law-enforcement. I tend to not look at reviews for movies anymore, and make up my own mind. Movies that I hate, The public loves, movies I love, the public hates.

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