'Venom,' 'A Star is Born' repeat at the top of the box office


Last week’s first- and second-place finishers stayed the same this time around, both Venom (weekend gross $35.7 million, total gross $142.8 million) and A Star is Born (weekend gross $28 million, total gross $94.1 million) enjoying a solid hold. Venom’s $235.3 million international cume brings its worldwide total to $378.1 million and counting, meaning a sequel to the poorly-reviewed comic book movie probably isn’t too far from being announced.

You have to go to spot three to find the highest-grossing new release of the weekend: Oscar contender First Man, opening to $12.5 million on 3,640 screens. Lagging just a smidge behind the Neil Armstrong biopic was Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, pulling in $16.2 million on 3,521 screens. Holdover Smallfoot rounded out the top five, earning $9.3 million (total gross $57.6 million) in its third weekend.

New wide release Bad Times at the El Royale failed to deliver on expectations, landing in spot number seven with $7.2 million on 2,808 screens. A B- CinemaScore herald a disappointing hold over the coming weeks.

Spot number twelve finds GVN’s modest release of the abortion-themed based-on-a-true-story legal drama Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, which grossed $1.2 million on 673 screens.

The weekend’s highest per-theatre average belonged to the Timothée Chalamet-starring Beautiful Boy, launching on on four screens to $221,437, for a PTA of $55,359. Also new to theatres in limited release were Jane and Emma ($122,000 on 21 screens), The Happy Prince ($40,267 on eight screens), Bigger ($32,500 on 61 screes), The Oath ($29,237 on 10 screens) and Liyana ($5,030 on a single screen).