"First Man" stumbles behind "Venom" and "A Star is Born" at the weekend box office

adminOctober 16, 2018

THE ANGELS – Ryan Gosling's turn as the first man on the moon was not enough to get the top spot at the weekend box office. Neil Armstrong's biopic "First Man" settled for a third place at the box office in North America on its first weekend in theaters. Despite their positive reviews, the film, directed by Damien Chazelle, and a host of newcomers, such as the sequel "Goosebumps" for families and the neo-noir, the star-studded mystery "Bad Times at the Royale", They could not miss the two best films of last week, "Venom" and "A Star Is Born", which again occupied the first and second place.

As the month of October progresses towards a box office record, the crowded market can be a blessing or a curse for some films on their first weekends, although the hope is that they will play in the coming weeks.

Such is the idea of ​​"First Man" of Universal Pictures, which took off the weekend with everything in its favor: prestige, good reviews (88 percent in Rotten Tomatoes), a movie star (Gosling) and a winning director Oscar (Chazelle).

The studios estimated on Sunday that "First Man" earned $ 16.5 million in ticket sales from 3,640 North American theaters and $ 25 million worldwide. It was on par with expectations, but it's not exactly an amazing number for a space epic that cost almost $ 60 million to produce.

For the president of Universal Pictures' domestic distribution, Jim Orr, the box office ticket for a movie like "First Man," which primarily appeals to older audiences who do not rush to a movie the first weekend, it will be "a The marathon is not a sprint".

"What we know is for this type of adult films, from fall to demanding audiences, it's not about the first weekend," Orr said. "We are very comfortable that he will have a long life at the domestic box office."

Audiences for PG-13 classified as "First Man" were mainly older (52 percent out of 35), male (56 percent) and Caucasian (67 percent) and gave the film a B + CinemaScore.

"I never expected that" First Man "had an opening weekend trajectory that was off the charts," said Paul Dergarabedian, media analyst at comScore's box office. "This is a movie that has a lot of prizes in the season, it will attract many older viewers and it will continue to roll and receive more and more praise." First Man will be standing many weeks down the road. "

Meanwhile, the comic book "Venom" continues to disprove the bad reviews in its second weekend in theaters. Sony Pictures estimated that the movie added $ 35.7 million in ticket sales, 56 percent less than its first weekend, to repeat at No. 1. The movie has earned $ 142.8 million to date from American theaters from North.

At the other end of the critical spectrum, Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" continued to mount a wave of goodwill and sound prizes on his second weekend adding $ 28 million. With a total gross domestic revenue of $ 94.2 million, the Warner Bros. photo starring Cooper and Lady Gaga will top $ 100 million in no time.

Fourth place went to "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween", which received $ 16.2 million (less than the release of the first $ 23.6 million movie in 2015), while "Bad Times At The Royale" debuted in seventh place with only $ 7.2 million.

The well-reviewed film for young adults "The Hate U Give", on the other hand, had a good performance in its expansion. The drama about a shooting of a black teenager by the police managed to reach the top 10 playing in only 248 places, placing in the ninth place with $ 1.8 million. It expands wide next weekend. And the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" by Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell of Amazon Studios opened on four screens at $ 221,437.

With so many new movies in the multiplex, from big budget box office hits to award-winning friendly dramas, the public is helping to boost October to record box office profits. It also means that some movies are getting lost in confusion.

"There is a relentless attack of successes that continue to come from all genres," Dergarabedian said. "People are a bit overwhelmed at the moment, there is a lot of riches in the market and some movies are going to have problems on the opening weekend."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included from Friday to Sunday. The final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. "Poison", $ 35.7 million ($ 69.7 million internationally).

2. "One star is born", $ 28 million ($ 20.2 million international).

3. "First Man", $ 16.5 million ($ 8.6 million international).

4. "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween", $ 16.2 million ($ 3.7 million internationally).

5. "Small foot", $ 9.3 million ($ 14.5 million internationally).

6. "Night School", $ 8 million ($ 2.2 million international).

7. "Bad Times at the Royale", $ 7.2 million ($ 4 million international).

8. "The house with a clock on its walls", $ 4 million ($ 5.6 million internationally).

9. "The Hate U Give", $ 1.8 million.

10. "A simple favor", $ 1.4 million ($ 1.9 million international).


Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at international theaters (excluding the United States and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Poison", $ 69.7 million.

2. "Gutenberg Project", $ 22.3 million.

3. "A star is born", $ 20.2 million.

4. "Small foot", $ 14.5 million.

5. "Johnny English attacks again", $ 11.5 million.

6. "First man", $ 8.6 million.

7. "Shadow", $ 8.2 million.

8. "Lost, found", $ 8.1 million.

9. "The house with a clock on its walls", $ 5.6 million.

10. "The dark figure of the crime", $ 5 million.

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