Sony and Warner Bros. squared off at the box-office this weekend, Sony debuting “Venom” against the WB’s “A Star is Born”. While the films couldn’t be more different, in both critical acclaim and plot, both raced into theaters with high expectations. Not only did “Venom” manage to crush the competition this week, the film broke the October box office record which has been going strong since 2013. Up until today, the month’s record for an opening weekend was “Gravity,’ from Warner Bros. Pictures, which had a $55.7M debut across 3,575 locations.
Even with Venom’s $80M debut, the villain still has a long way to go to catch up with Spider-Man. To give you some Spidey perspective, back in 2002 “Spider-Man” opened at number-one on the domestic box-office charts with a $114M debut. The follow-up “Spider-Man 2” opened with $88M in 2004, and the final trilogy installment had a $151M opening weekend in 2007. In 2012, Sony’s reboot of “The Amazing Spider-Man” had a $62M opening, and that film’s sequel opened with $91.6M in 2014. The Marvel films helped Sony reboot the character once again in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which brought-in $117M on its opening weekend in 2017. “Venom” was directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Riz Ahmed.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “A Star is Born” was a distant second this weekend, bringing in $41M across 3,686 locations. “A Star is Born” was directed by Bradley Cooper, the film features Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Sam Elliott.
“Smallfoot,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures, dropped to third-place with a $14.9M weekend. In just two-weeks the animated-comedy has made over $42M domestically for the studio. “Smallfoot” was directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, the film features the voice talents of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, and Jimmy Tatro.
Universal Pictures’ comedy “Night School” took fourth-place this week, bringing in another $12.2M and raising the film’s two-week total to just over $46.7M. “Night School” was directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the film stars Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, and Brooke Butler.
Fifth-place on the domestic charts went to “The House With A Clock In Its Walls,” which is another film from Universal Pictures. The family-thriller made $7.2M this weekend, raising the film’s three-week total to just over $55M. “The House With A Clock In Its Walls” was directed by Eli Roth, the film stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro.
A trio of new films hit theaters next weekend. Moviegoers will choose between “Bad Times At The El Royale,” “First Man,” and “Goosebumps 2”.