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Venom Wins the Box Office for a Second-Straight Weekend

Despite three new wide releases, Venom and A Star is Born could not be knocked out of the top two spots. Although Sony Pictures‘ Venom dropped 55.5% in ticket sales its second weekend, it brought in another $35.7 million domestically in first place and has now grossed $142.8 million. Internationally, the film added $69.7 million from 65 markets and has earned $235.3 million, for a worldwide total of $378.1 million after 12 days. Major markets still to come include Japan (Nov. 2) and China.

Made for $100 million, Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. The film was produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal.

Remaining in second place was Warner Bros. Pictures’ A Star is Born, which added $28 million this weekend and has brought in $94.2 million in North America after two weeks. The film also earned $20.2 million from 65 international markets, putting the overseas total at $41.2 million. That means the film has grossed $$135.4 million worldwide. A Star is Born stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (American Sniper, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) and multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga. Cooper helmed the drama, marking his directorial debut.

Universal Pictures’ First Man debuted in third place with an estimated $16.5 million from 3,640 theaters, an average of $4,533 per location. The film also took in $8.6 million internationally, for a weekend total of $25.1 million. $4.5 million of the global total came from IMAX theaters. Made for $59 million, the Damien Chazelle-directed movie about the Apollo 11 mission received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas star.

Opening close in fourth place was Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which earned $16.2 million from 3,521 theaters, an average of $4,608. The first film opened to $23.6 million in October 2015. The international take for the weekend was $3.7 million from 16 territories. The film, which cost $35 million, received a B CinemaScore. Directed by Ari Sandel, the sequel stars Ken Jeong, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Jack Black.

Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot dropped two spots to fifth place and earned $9.3 million domestically, for a three-week total of $57.6 million. Internationally, the animated film added $14.5 million from 57 markets and has brought in $52.6 million. The worldwide total is at  $110.2 million. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, the film features the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.

The Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School (Universal Pictures) dropped two spots to sixth place with $8 million, putting its total at $59.8 million after three weeks. Internationally, the comedy added $2.2 million and has earned $15.4 million, for a worldwide total of $75.2 million. Made for just $29 million, Night School was directed by Malcolm D. Lee and also stars Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco.

20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale opened in seventh place with just $7.2 million from 2,808 theaters, an average of $2,573 per location. Written and directed by Drew Goddard, the film cost $32 million to make and received a B- CinemaScore. The movie stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman, and Chris Hemsworth.

20th Century Fox also expanded The Hate U Give into 248 theaters, where the film earned $1.77 million, putting its two-week total at $2.5 million. Directed by George Tillman Jr, the big screen adaptation stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.

Amazon released Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, into four theaters as well. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, the drama earned $221,437, an average of $55,359 per theater.

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