While Halloween is technically only supposed to be this coming Wednesday, this weekend past saw many a celebration of all things spooky and macabre happening all over the world. As such, it should come as no surprise that Halloween – that’s the new movie that is also a direct sequel of the 1978 classic of the same name (please keep up) – once again ruled the US box office. In its second weekend on the charts the slasher sequel earned $32 million pushing its domestic total past the $100 million milestone in just 10 days. With another $25.6 million from international markets, the film is sitting now a worldwide tally of $172 million. And with this film boasting a production budget of just $10 million, this is yet another runaway box office success for horror-centric production studio Blumhouse Productions.
The next three slots were repeats of last week as A Star is Born, Venom, and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place respectively. With a $14.1 million take, A Star is Born has now spent 4 weeks straight in the runner-up position, adding its name to the list of super successful movies that have never topped the US charts. Meanwhile, Venom’s $10.8 million earnings have now helped push its global tally to over $500 million. And even though it’s been nowhere near as successful as its predecessors, Goosebumps 2 was still the strongest holdover as it dropped just 23% to earn $9.7 million in its second frame.
Down in the halfway mark on the charts is where we find the first newcomer in the Gerard Butler-led Hunter Killer. The submarine action thriller – directed by South Africa’s own Donavan Marsh of Spud fame – unfortunately sunk as it could only manage a $6.65 million debut. However, while critics have not been kind, those few people that actually bothered to watch the movie gave it an “A-” Cinemascore which means that it could find its sea legs when it opens wider internationally in the coming weeks. It’s going to need to it break even with its $40 million production budget.
Rounding out the top 10 this weekend past we have Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid-90s which actually opened in very limited fashion last week already, but expanded by over 1200 screens this weekend past earning a flat $3 million. That wasn’t the end of the newcomers though as Johnny English Strikes Again and Indivisible both had limited openings, keeping them outside of the top 10. The Rowan Atkinson-led Johnny English threequel actually performed relatively well with $1.6 million from 544 cinemas giving it a per-theatre average just shy of $3000. Only the upper 3 films in beat this in the top 10, but those were most definitely not the best PTA. That crown goes to Suspiria in emphatic fashion as the horror remake earned $179 806 from a very limited release into just two theatres!
And all of this success, whether in the top 10 or outside of it, building on from the record-breaking successes of the past few weeks led by Halloween’s franchise-best opening, has resulted in this being the biggest October in US box office history. With just a couple more days left in the month, October 2018 is already sitting on $786.1 million domestically, topping 2014’s previous $758 million record. In comparison, last year this time, the US box office was sitting on just $557.2 million.
Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:
|No.||Movie Name||Weekend gross||Percentage change||US Domestic gross||Worldwide gross||Last Week's Position|
|1||Halloween||$32 million||-58%||$126.6 million||$172.2 million||1st|
|2||A Star is Born||$14.1 million||-25%||$148.7 million||$253.3 million||2nd|
|3||Venom||$10.8 million||-40%||$187.2 million||$508.3 million||3rd|
|4||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||$7.5 million||-22%||$38.3 million||$62.5 million||4th|
|5||Hunter Killer||$6.6 million||NE||$6.6 million||$6.6 million||NE|
|6||The Hate U Give||$5.1 million||-32%||$18.3 million||$19.6 million||6th|
|7||First Man||$4.9 million||-40%||$37.8 million||$74.4 million||5th|
|8||Smallfoot||$4.7 million||-27%||$72.5 million||$167.5 million||5th|
|9||Night School||$3.2 million||-33%||$71.4 million||$90.5 million||8th|
|10||Mid-90s||$3 million||+1062%||$3.3 million||$3.3 million||20th|
Last Updated: October 29, 2018