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Halloween Repeats at #1, Helping October 2018 Reach Record Heights
by Brad Brevet
October 28, 2018

The weekend played out mostly as expected with a repeat of last weekend's top four films, led by Universal's Halloween, which has now delivered over $126 million in just ten days in release.

Lionsgate's release of Summit's Hunter Killer led the week's new wide releases with a top five finish while A24's expansion of Jonah Hill's Mid90s secured a top ten finish.

The biggest news, however, might be the overall month of October, which is now the highest grossing October of all-time with grosses topping $785 million with three days in the month left to go.

Repeating atop the weekend box office is Universal's release of Blumhouse and Miramax's Halloween. The horror hit dipped 58% in its second weekend, delivering an estimated $32 million as its domestic cume now climbs over $126 million after just ten days in release, all on a reported $10 million production budget.

Halloween is also the #1 film internationally, delivering an estimated $25.6 million from 62 markets for an international total that now stands at $45.6 million and a global cume topping $172 million.

Warner Bros.'s A Star is Born continues its strong run both at home and abroad, dropping just -26% domestically this weekend for a $14.1 million three-day and a domestic cume that has now climbed to nearly $149 million.

Internationally, A Star is Born dipped just 23% this weekend, adding an additional $17.6 million from 75 markets in release for an international total that now stands at $104.6 million and a global tally topping $253 million.

Sony's Venom landed in third with an estimated $10.8 million bringing its domestic cume to $187.3 million.

The film's global tally has now topped $500 million after adding an additional $17.3 million overseas this weekend for a worldwide cume that now stands at a $508.4 million.

Sony also lands in fourth position with Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween dropping just 23% as it enters its third week in release with an estimated $7.5 million. The film's domestic cume has now topped $38 million.

The film also added $10.3 million to its international total this weekend, which now stands at $24.2 million for a global cume topping $62.5 million.

Finishing in fifth position is Hunter Killer, from Lionsgate's Summit Premiere label, which fell short of expectations, delivering an estimated $6.65 million this weekend from 2,720 locations.

The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

Rounding out the top ten is A24's Mid90s, which brought in an estimated $3 million after expanding into 1,206 theaters (+1,202) following a successful limited bow last weekend.

Finishing outside the top ten, Universal's Johnny English Strikes Again brought in an estimated $1.6 million from 544 theaters and a $2,989 per theater average.

The third film in the Johnny English franchise, of course, is more of an international play as it added another $7.1 million internationally this weekend bringing its global cume to a hearty $109.3 million after debuting overseas back in mid-September.

The film has already topped the lifetime gross of 2011's Johnny English Reborn in 36 markets and 2003's Johnny English in 46 markets with the UK leading the way with $18.2 million as it enters its fourth week in release in the market.

Right behind Johnny was Pure Flix's Indivisible, which debuted with an estimated $1.57 million from 830 locations.

Indivisible received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

Elsewhere, Amazon Studios's Beautiful Boy expanded into 189 locations (+141) this weekend and brought in an estimated $592,897 for a domestic cume that now stands at $1.4 million.

The film will expand to 300-400 theaters next weekend.

Right behind it, Fox Searchlight's Can You Ever Forgive Me? expanded into 25 locations (+20) with an estimated $380k ($15,200 PTA).

In limited release, Amazon's release of Suspiria debuted in two theaters in New York and Los Angeles with an estimated $179,806, delivering a chart-topping $89,903 per theater average. The film will expand into 250 theaters next weekend.

Additional limited releases include Neon's Border, which brought in an estimated $71,565 ($10,224 PTA); Well Go's Burning brought in an estimated $28,650 from two theaters; Zipporah Films's Monrovia, Indiana debuted in one theater with $6,100; and Abramorama's Weed the People also opened in one theater, bringing in an estimated $4,279.

October 26-28, 2018 Weekend Studio Estimates:

1. Halloween $32,045,000 / $126,698,400
2. A Star is Born $14,145,000 / $148,722,400
3. Venom $10,800,000 / $187,282,314
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween $7,500,000 / $38,348,809
5. Hunter Killer $6,650,000
6. The Hate U Give $5,100,000 / $18,300,005
7. First Man $4,935,000 / $37,880,080
8. Smallfoot $4,750,000 / $72,591,050
9. Night School $3,255,000 / $71,451,025
10. Mid90s $3,000,000 / $3,350,170
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