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“Venom” Tops US Friday Box Office, “A Star Is Born” Grabs Second Place

The weekend’s big new releases will predictably place first and second.

Venom | CTMG/Sony Pictures

“Venom” and “A Star Is Born” unsurprisingly took first and second place, respectively, at the US Friday box office.

“Venom” led the day with $32.8 million in receipts. “A Star Is Born” took second with $15.8 million. Although they are formally positioned as “Friday” figures, the numbers also account for Thursday night screenings.

Based on those performances, “Venom” should close the weekend with $72-82 million. “A Star Is Born” will likely finish with $42-47 million. They will convincingly rank as the weekend’s top two films.

As for Friday, “Smallfoot” took third place with $3.5 million. “Night School” followed at #4 with just under $3.5 million, while a gross of $1.8 million positioned “The House With A Clock In Its Walls” at #5.

— There are no wide newcomers beyond “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” entering the fray this weekend. The buzzy “The Hate U Give” did launch on 36 screens, however. It took home just under $175K from those theaters on Friday.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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