LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – The improbable dynamic duo of "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" have animated the fall film season with the best weekend of October of all time in North America.
Tom Hardy's superhero tale, "Venom", took $ 80 million in 4,250 sites for Sony and Marvel, while the remake starring Lady Gaga of "A Star Is Born" earned an estimated $ 42.6 million in 3,686 places for Warner Bros. – well above the pre-weekend forecasts. "Venom" broke the opening record in October, beating the release of "Gravity" by $ 55.8 million by 43%.
"Venom" also dominated the international box office with $ 125.2 million, setting an international record for an opening in October. South Korea led the way with $ 16.3 million.
"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were able to effectively attract beyond their main audiences. The strong domestic openings brought the weekend's total business to around $ 174 million, or 15% above the previous $ 151.5 million mark established in 2015 when Matt Damon's "The Martian" was opened, according to comPunctuation.
Adrian Smith, Sony's head of national distribution, told Variety that the studio was able to surpasscomWe review the criticism by emphasizing the fun factor of "Venom". "The idea was always to make a film that all audiences could enjoy," he added.
Sony expects "Venom" to launch a shared universe similar to the lucrative Disney superhero franchise. The director of "Zombieland" Ruben Fleischer directed the film, which has a budget of $ 100 million. Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a journalist linked to the alien entity known as Venom.
The fourth version of "A Star Is Born," directed by Bradley Cooper, hit theaters in the midst of a wave of positive enthusiasm and an awards campaign that gained ground since its debut at the Venice Film Festival on September 5. . The release of the soundtrack Friday's album added to the drawing power of the film, according to Warner's national distribution chief, Jeff Goldstein.
"This is a movie that will last for months," Goldstein added. "There is a lot of room for growth, especially among younger audiences."
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, credited to Sony and Warner Bros. with intelligent programming. "A box office star is born while October sings a glorious melody like the one that the industry has never heard before in the often overlooked month, since a perfect harmony of superheroes and musicals with Oscar destiny creates a the most perfectly orchestrated films, weekends in multiplex in recent memory, "he added.
The weekend raised the total national total for 2018 to $ 9.11 billion as of Sunday, 9.2% more than at the same point last year. "Universal's First Man", "Fox's Bad Times at the Royale" and "Sony's Goosebumps 2" are the main starters next weekend. Universal's "Halloween" is expected to make solid business of at least $ 50 million when it opens on October 19.
The second weekend of the animated entry "Smallfoot" by Warner Bros. finished third this weekend with $ 14.4 million at 4,151 locations, followed by the second Universal session of Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comEdy "Night School" with $ 12.3 million in 3,019 locations. "The house with a clock on its walls" from Amblin-Universal finished in fifth place with $ 7.3 million in its third weekend, with a national total of $ 55.1 million and $ 87.4 million worldwide.
The fourth weekend of Lionsgate by Anna Kendrick. comThe thriller "A Simple Favor" came in sixth place with $ 3.4 million to take its 24-day national total to $ 49 million. Warner's fifth weekend of the horror thriller "The Nun" continued in seventh place with $ 2.6 million to boost his 31-day takeover to $ 113 million.
The second weekend of "Hell Fest" by Lionsgate-CBS Films fought for eighth place on Warner's eighth weekend of "Crazy Rich Asians" with $ 2.1 million apiece. The "Asians" reached $ 169 million and is the tenth largest in the country in 2018
Rounding out the top 10 was Fox's fourth weekend of "The Predator" with $ 900,000, awarding the scientist $ 50 million in 24 days. The "White Boy Rick" of Studio 8-Sony continued in 11th place with $ 575,000 in its fourth frame to reach $ 29 million nationwide.
The second National Geographic weekend of the documentary "Free Solo" finished in 12th place with $ 540,000 in only 41 places, followed by Fox's debut in the teen drama "The Hate U Give" with $ 500,000 in 36 locations . "Hate" will be extended on October 19.