WorldExecutivesDigest | Eye-Popping October Box Office Results – Check here | September was a rather lackluster month at the Box Office, with Walt Disney Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings being the big money draw, carrying the month’s Box Office by itself. Thankfully, October appears to be far more diverse, with anticipated hits dropping throughout the month. The third week of the month has already seen some impressive Box Office results. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continues to be a box office success in October, but it has been joined by some formidable competitors, resulting in some intriguing box office results.
Venom: let there be Carnage (PG-13)
Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man franchise continues with Tom Hardy reprising his role as Eddie Brock, the human host to the alien parasite Venom, the villain of Spider-Man 3. (2007). ,Woody Harleson’s Cletus Kasady, a human controlled by the alien parasite Carnage, joins Hardy. So far, the film has grossed $90,033,210 in its first week, $31,753,623 in its second week, and $16,501,406 in its third week. This exceeded expectations of around $80 million in its first week, demonstrating that Sony’s Spider-Man franchise still has teeth.
The Addams Family 2 (PG)
United Artists brings us the second installment of its animated rendition of the iconic characters who first appeared as a comic in the 1930s, then as a live action TV show in the 1960s, and finally as live action movies in the 1990s. In 2019, United Artists released the first animated film, which grossed more than $30 million in its first weekend.
This sequel, which follows the gothic family on a road trip across America and debuted in the first week of October, earned $17,325,007 in its first week, which was well below the original film’s opening but still a strong showing. It made $10,114,981 in week 2 and is now at $7,064,531 in week 3. In terms of the animated version’s second installment, the second installment of the live action movies from decades prior, adjusted for inflation, we see that the two movies garnered about the same amount of interest.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG-13)
The latest Marvel franchise film from Walt Disney Studios was highly anticipated, and it was released in September, pulling in $22 million its opening week. However, it will continue to do well in October as well. It drew $6,109,594 in the first week of October and $4,308,807 in the second week. It is now in its third week and has dwindled to only $3,321,610. However, like its immediate predecessor Black Widow, Shang-Chi is demonstrating that Marvel films have long-lasting power at the Box Office for several weeks after their release.
No Time to die (PG-13)
This is United Artists’ latest James Bond franchise release, and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance as the iconic super spy attempting to enjoy retirement, only to be swept away into the world of espionage by people he thought he had safely left behind. The film debuted in the second week of October and grossed an impressive $55,225,007, followed by $23,792,118 in the third week of the month, its second week on the big screen. Despite its strong performance at the box office, No Time to Die’s opening week trailed that of previous installments in the franchise, with Skyfall earning $88.3 million in its first week, although the films of the 1960s, Thunderball and Goldfinger, earned more when adjusted for inflation. This might be a sign that James Bond won’t be the powerhouse franchise it has been in the past much longer.
Halloween Kills (R)
In terms of long-term franchises, Universal Pictures’ latest addition to the Halloween franchise, which debuted at the end of the second week of October, has so far grossed $49,404,980. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle reprises his role as the iconic Michael Meyers. This is the series’ 12th installment and a direct sequel to the 2018 Halloween remake.
Its opening week has been solid, if not spectacular, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from announcing a sequel for 2022, Halloween Ends, which will be released in October of next year, as most Halloween movies do. In comparison, the 2018 Halloween film grossed $76.2 million.
The Last Duel (R)
Despite being headlined by such powerhouses as Matt Damon and Adam Driver, 20th Century Studios’ medieval-era story has a fairly limp first week in theaters, grossing a paltry $4,759,151 in its opening week, the third week in October. Despite the allure of this true story of two friends turned enemies fighting for the love of the same woman, this does not bode well for the film as a whole. When compared to other historical action dramas, such as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which opened to $15.3 million, this film appears to be destined to go unnoticed by critics in its first week.