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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Venom Podcast Review

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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!

Sequel For ‘Venom’ Will Be PG-13

With the great box office results of Venom over the past weekend it is no surprise that the film will be getting a sequel in the very near future.  And with that comes the question of, “Will this movie be rated R?”

Mild Spoiler for Venom end credit scene: In the mid-credit scene we see that Woody Harrelson will most likely be appearing in Venom‘s sequel as the psychotic and terrifying villain, Carnage.  Anybody with Spider-Man knowledge knows that Cletus Kasidy, who is the host for the Carnage symbiote, is a deranged serial killer. Therefore, it is not too unreasonable to think that a sequel with Carnage in it, despite Venom being PG-13, would  get that coveted R rating.  Well, not so according to Venom producer Avi Arad that told Collider:

“When you hear, Carnage, the only think you can think of is R. But, if you know his story, if you really know the comic, there’s no R here. He’s a tortured soul. It’s not about what he does, because we never have to show the knife going from here to there, and the blood is pouring. What you have to show is, what is the motivation? Was he born like that, or is he someone we should feel for, because if you are succeeding in making a villain someone you can feel for, jackpot.”

So, there it is, the producer of the film said that he has no intention of making Venom 2 with an R rating.  What he says is true, in the original comics where Carnage is introduced there is not an abundance of swearing, nudity, or blood and guts.  So why should the movie need an R rating? Yes, later iterations of the comic eventually become more adult themed, but all comic characters eventually have a mature run – that doesn’t mean all comic movies should get that R rating.

Also, Sony may still have some plans on tying their universe into Marvel’s universe.  A PG-13 rating will help to keep everything a little bit more even.  This type of merger is still just speculation, and Sony may not ever integrate Venom into the Avenger’s universe.  However, it is still a possibility at this time.

What do yo think of this?  Do you think a movie with Carnage in it should be rated R?  Leave a comment below and let’s 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.

Venom Review – And Why You Should See It

Venom is a movie that has been in the back of everybody’s minds for over a year now – not quite at the level of being “hyped” but we all knew it was coming out and there was mild interest from just about everyone out there who enjoys a good super hero romp. Then the critics came out and posted their thoughts on this movie, and like a stone dropping into the ocean expectations plummeted.  However, after seeing the Tom Hardy led movie, I have to ask myself, “Why is this hated on?”  Venom was actually pretty fun!

The movie does start out slow – beginning with a ship crashing to earth and bringing the symbiotes to our planet.  There is a lot of exposition explaining why we should like Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, and why we should hate Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake.  From there the film continues to drag on showing why the suave Eddie Brock went from respected journalist to jobless looser – and it continues down this path a little bit too long.  However, just as I was about to give up on this movie the symbiotic Venom is finally introduced and things kick into high gear really fast. Continue reading “Venom Review – And Why You Should See It”