Box Office: ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’ Out Pace ‘First Man’ Weak Open at $16.5-M

Box Office: ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’ Out Pace ‘First Man’ Weak Open at $16.5-M

Box Office: ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’ Out Pace ‘First Man’ Weak Open at $16.5-M


‘Venom’ Top’d the chart in its second outing with $35.7-M, while ‘A Star Is Born’ pulls in another $28-M.

Universal’s, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) critically acclaimed astronaut drama First Man sputtered in its box-office open, grossing just $16.5-M from 3,640 theaters to come in well behind holdovers Venom and A Star Is Born.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Venom, which stayed at # 1 as it crossed $378-M globally, and $35.7-M in NA

Warner Bros.’, a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) A Star Is Born too in $28-M domestically, dipping 35% in its 2nd riff.

Internationally, First Man took in $8.6-M from its 1st 22 markets, that puts its global box office launch at $25.1-M, or just above of DOA

During the publicity tour for First Man, there was a dust-up over Chazelle’s decision not to show the famous image of Armstrong planting the American flag.

Venom, which also stayed atop the foreign chart with $69.7-M from 54 markets, is a huge win for Sony. Through Sunday, the pic has grossed $142.8-M in North America and $235.3-M offshore for a $378.1-M tally globally.

A Star Is Born is also a major success at the domestic box office, finishing Sunday with a total $94.2-M, overseas it grossed $20.2-M in its 2nd frame for a foreign box office of $41.2-M and $135.4-M globally.

Sony’s new family pic Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, debuted to $16.2-M from 3,521 locations.

20th Century Fox’s (NASDAQ”FOX) period thriller Bad Times at the El Royale started off with a disappointing $7.2-M from 2,808 locations to land at #6 at the box office despite  strong reviews and a star-studded cast.

El Royale earned a B- CinemaScore, while Goosebumps 2 received a B.

Targeting conservative moviegoers, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer opened in 675 theaters after years of delays. Gosnell, which came in at #12, earned an estimated $1.1-M for a screen average of $1,678 at the box office.

Among holdovers

Warner Bros.’ animated film Smallfoot rounded out the Top 5 with $9.3-M for a domestic take of $57.6-M and $110.2- M globally.

At the specialty box office

Amazon Studios’ (NASDAQ:AMZN) father-son drama Beautiful Boy, Sony Pictures Classics’ The Happy Prince, and Roadside Attractions’ The Oath,

Paul Greengrass’ terrorist drama 22 July, which opened date-and-date Wednesday on Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and in a few theaters. Netflix doesn’t report grosses.

Among specialty holdovers

Fox 2000’s critically acclaimed The Hate U Give expanded into total of 248 theaters, earning a strong $1.8-M for an early total of box office take of $2.5-M.

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