Oscars 2019: Despite Previous Setbacks, A Very Successful Show

For several months now we have heard nothing but negative press surrounding the 2019 academy awards, and finally, the night everyone has been talking about has come and gone. And you know what? It went way better than anybody could have expected.

Like any other Academy awards, there were surprises, like Peter Farrelly’s Green Book winning Best Picture over Roma, and there were easy predictions, such as Rami Malek winning best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. There were great speeches, and many memorable moments – director Spike Lee won his first Oscar for BlacKkKlansman, and Marvel’s Black Panther won three academy awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. All very deserving.

The biggest shock of the night, however, was not the awards, but the show itself. The lack of a host for the first time in the Academy Award’s history lingered on everyone’s mind like a raincloud. Many people probably tuned in just to watch the inevitable train wreck that would come after the firing of comedian Kevin Heart from his hosting position – a train wreck than never came to be. The lack of a host actually worked out great!

The show felt like it had a great pace for the first time in years, the diversity of presenters gave a great perspective to each of the categories, and with no host it meant the academy had to focus more on the movies being honored, instead of a host leading an awards show with the movies coming secondary to the entertainment. Sure there were a few things that could have gone smoother – but nothing is perfect. This is without a doubt the best Academy Awards show in years. It was so good in fact, don’t be surprised if it is announced next year that there will be no host again.

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October 26-28 Box Office Report

Success and failure, that is the best way to describe this past weekend’s box office!

In the top five positions at the box office there is only one newly released movie, and it’s in position number five!  The submarine-thriller film staring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman sank at the box office only bringing in a measly $6.6 Million.  Normally this is the type of film that would crack at least $15 Million in its first weekend but bad reviews (check mine out here) and high performance from movies that were already in theaters kept it from raising any higher.

However, for HalloweenA Star is Born, and Venom there is nothing but praise to be given to these films.  Each one has managed to stay in the top three since they were released.  Already this October has broken the record for the most box office dollars ever in this month and it was all due to these three movies drawing in so many box office dollars.  Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, and Sony are popping bottles after the month they had.

You can check out the full box office breakdown below!

No 1. Halloween (2018) – $31,419,070.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $126,075,470.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $14,047,079.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $148,614,479.

No 3. Venom – $10,652,381.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $187,134,695.

No 4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $7,284,207. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $38,133,016.

No 5.  Hunter Killer – $6,653,777 in its first weekend of release.

 

October 19-21 Box Office

 

This October has been a great month for breaking records!

The newly released Halloween movie managed to bring in over $76 Million! Meaning that this sequel to the 1978 film managed to become the highest opening weekend slasher movie of all time, as well as October’s second highest grossing movie – just falling short of Venom, the first place film, by $4 Million.

However, Halloween isn’t the only successful film this weekend.  A Star is Bornthe Bradly Cooper directed film that came out 3 weekends ago, managed to overtake Venom for the first time since its release.  It is very rare for a movie to stay in the 2nd place spot for 3 weeks in a row, while other movies fall below the 2n place marker. This can only be attributed to the very positive word of mouth surrounding the film, as well as repeat views by audience members.

Check how the other films faired in the top five below!

No 1. Halloween (2018) – $76,221,545 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $19,051,082.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $126,127,328.

No 3. Venom – $18,043,887.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $171,063,982.

No 4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $9,721,173. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $28,810,985

No 5.  First Man – $8,327,135.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $29,762,185.

What did you think of this weekend’s box office?  Did you see Halloween this weekend? Have you seen A Star is Born, or did you see it again?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

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October 12-14 Box Office

Another weekend in the world of movies has come and gone, and with it new box office numbers!

Surprisingly, there were three new releases this week; First man, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and Bad Times at the El Royale – yet only two of the three made it into the top five box office spots.  Bad Times at the El Royale took 7th place. Ouch.

The story this weekend is not the success of First Man or Goosebumps 2, both films underperformed compared to what was being predicted.  The real story is that Venom only dropped 56% when it was predicted to drop closer to 70% from its first weekend, and A Star is Born dropped even less with 33%.  Both films have performed higher than anybody could have predicted in their second weekend.  Especially against 3 new opening films that most thought audiences were looking forward to seeing.

If you want to see the full breakdown of the box office this past weekend check out the list below!

No 1. Venom – $80,030,000.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $142,108,258.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $28,445,205.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $94,605,565.

No 3. First Man – $16,006,065 in its first weekend of release.

No 4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $15,802,225 in its first weekend of release.

No 5. Smallfoot$9,066,837. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $57,375,058.

What did you think of this weekend’s box office?  Did you see any of the new releases, or did you go out and support Venom or A Star is Born? Leave a comment below and lets make a discussion out of it!

October 5-7 Box Office

Money, Money Everywhere – this past weekend proved to be a huge success for the release of both Venom and A Star is Born.

First off, Venom managed to smash not only all expectations set for the movie, but also the October opening weekend record.  The previous record holder for the month of October was the 2013 film Gravity $55.7 Million, and Venom surpasses that record by near $25 Million!  Box office records are almost never beat that badly. And Venom wasn’t the only success this past weekend.

A Star is Born  was a small, low budget movie, that was being projected by most experts to make only around $25-30 Million this weekend.  And It surpassed all expectations by brining in $41.3 Million.  This is all due to the positive word of mouth surrounding the project – with many predicting the movie to receive many academy award nominations come Oscar season.

Check out the full box office numbers below!

No 1. Venom – $80,030,000 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $41,250,000 in its first weekend of release.

No 3. Smallfoot – $14,900,000. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $42,760,945.

No 4. Night School – $12,275,000. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $46,750,355.

No 5. The House With A Clock In Its Walls$7,295,000.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $55,050,560.

What do you think of this weekend’s box office numbers?  Did you go out and see any of these movies?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.