There is no denying the staying power of last week’s champions.  Both Venom and A Star Is Born dominated the box office for a second straight week.  The previous top two films more than doubled up the third-place film.

Venom held onto the top spot bringing in 35.7 million over the weekend.  While a 55.5% drop from week 1 to week 2 is creeping towards the larger side, it is far less of a drop than what was expected for this comic book movie.  Predictions had the drop in the 60s.  While scoring a horridly rotten 31% from critics, fans and movie goers aren’t having it.  On Rotten Tomatoes fans are 88% positive with it while Cinemascore watchers give it an equivalent B+.

Image result for star is bornHold an extremely strong second place, A Star Is Born brought in another $28 million, only dropping just under 35% from week 1 to week 2.  Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and talk of Oscar gold surrounds it.  Expect this film to have legs for several more weeks.

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The first of the new films to debut came in at #3 with First Man, the story of Neil Armstrong.  It was a distant third though as it only managed $16.5 million.  This was actually close to expectations however.

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In a very tight fourth place was the Halloween movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.  Jack Black and Co brought in $16.2 million.  As the lone kids’ movie for Halloween, Goosebumps 2 may have some legs in the coming weeks.  On a $35 million budget, it should be in good shape.

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Finally, in a distant fifth place is Smallfoot.  In its third week it managed $9.3 million.  It appears movie goers had little interest in the Chris Hemsworth film Bad Times At the El Royale.  It could only manage seventh place and a disappointing 7.2 million.



There is only one movie due out next weekend, but its a doozy!  Halloween, the direct sequel, has Michael Myers returning, but Laurie Strode will be ready.  Look for this to be a big premiere.  Then again do not underestimate the staying power of Lady Gaga.