The 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.