This weekend the box office had three newcomers that brought a lot of fans to the theaters. With Bohemian Rhapsody taking off, the rest of the films for the weekend were met with varying levels of success.
The undeniable heartbeat of the box office this weekend was Bohemian Rhapsody, which looks like it will end the weekend around $50 million. The musical biopic of Queen, but mostly Freddy Mercury, outgrossed the Oscar contender A Star Is Born ($42.9 million) over their respective first weekends. Malek delivered a great Mercury, and that feels like all anyone will talk about, which will likely overshadow the other issues the film has. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch represents the only real challenge to Rhapsody next week, and an “A” CinemaScore (per Box Office Mojo), expect it to have good legs in the coming weeks.
In a disappointment for Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms only brought in a $20 Million weekend. The big-budget, CGI spectacle, was likely pegged to be a bigger player for Disney. The cast was strong, but ultimately the film fell flat in a lot of areas. With little knowledge for the film, as well as bad reviews, don’t expect this one to make it to Christmas in more than a handful of theaters.
Meanwhile, Tiffany Haddish continues to rake in the money with Nobody’s Fool. A nice counterprogram to the big-budget films, the little comedy brought in $14 million in its first weekend. Considering the film only cost $19 million, it looks like it will be in good hands to recoup its budget. Haddish has been in a lot of movies this year, and continues to roll out box office success after box office success.
A Star Is Born remains an exciting film to many, and has proven to be a sustained hit. Another $11 million weekend means the film only dropped 21% this week (a good hold would be a 35-40% drop, making this a great hold). Despite never hitting number 1 in the box office for any week of its run, the musical drama has now collected $165 million overall and could find its way close to $200 million when all is said and done.
Finally, Halloween closes out the top 5 with $11 million. In its third week of release and with ghost season over, the film could have fallen further. It is now the fourth highest grossing horror film of all time, breaking $150 million in the box office. The only films with more money in the genre are It, The Exorcist, and Get Out. However, now that we are outside the Halloween holiday, expect this one to drop off quickly in the coming weeks.
Box Office Estimates
(via Box Office Mojo @ 9:13p on 11/4/18)
Overall Weekend Box Office
- Bohemian Rhapsody – $50,000,000
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – $20,000,000
- Nobody’s Fool – $14,000,000
- A Star Is Born – $11,100,000
- Halloween – $11,015,000
- Venom – $7,850,000
- Smallfoot – $3,805,000
- Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $3,700,000
- Hunter Killer – $3,525,000
- The Hate U Give – $3,400,000
Top 3 Per Theater Averages
- Boy Erased – $44,000 (5 theaters)
- A Private War – $18,000 (4 theaters)
- Bohemian Rhapsody – $12,500 (4000 theaters)