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It was another spooky weekend at the box office. Not just because it was Halloween weekend, but because there were only three new releases that managed to hit the charts, with two of the three entering the Top Ten.
The biggest surprise was the Number 1 debut for Come Play, a film that was expected to open in limited release but ended up with 2,183 screens, and a per screen average of $1,429 which gave it an opening weekend of $3.11 million, about a third of the film's budget. It did not get an international release.
Keeping with the horror theme, Appalachian Hoodoo thriller Spell opened at Number 9 on just 369 screens with an estimated $210,000. That film also did not have an international opening. The film did, however, also make its digital debut this weekend, placing in FandangoNow's Top Ten for the weekend. Outside of the Top Ten, the only other "new" release was actually a re-release of the Nicolas Cage thriller Mandy, which landed at Number 19 with $19,169 from 29 screens.
With just two new releases hitting the Top Ten, only 2 Hearts and After We Collided were knocked out. In its second week, The Empty Man wasn't able to offer many scares, dropping 56% and falling two spots to Number 5 with $577,351 from 2,051 screens. The Monsters, Inc. re-release saw a 53% decline but slipped just one spot to Number 8 with an estimated $232,000. Hocus Pocus had the smallest decline of the weekend at 14%, remaining at Number 6 with an estimated $456,000.
With Come Play taking over the top spot, Honest Thief slipped to Number 2 in its fourth week of release with $1.37 million, down 42%, bringing the domestic total to $9.55 million. The film's international cumulative gross has risen to $8.58 million, for a global tally of $18.14 million.
The War With Grandpa was also knocked down a notch to Number 3 with an estimated $1.27 million, a decline of 34%, bringing its domestic total to an estimated $11.47 million after five weeks of release. Internationally the film has earned $5.56 million giving it a worldwide total of $17.03 million. Tenet saw a 32% decline but held on to Number 4 with $885,000 after nine weeks, the first time the film has earned less than $1 million domestically. Overseas the film's cumulative total has risen to an estimated $293.3 million, with a global gross estimated at $347.1 million.
The weekend of November 6 has one wide release currently scheduled, Let Him Go, with four films set for limited release: True to the Game 2, Jungleland, The Informer and Kindred. What eventually ends up at Number 1 next week is anyone's guess.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of October 30-November 1.
- [N] Come Play - $3,119,875 [NEW]
-  Honest Thief - $1,373,079 [$9,558,341]
-  The War with Grandpa - $1,270,720 [$11,478,925]
-  Tenet - $885,000 [$53,800,000]
-  The Empty Man - $577,351 [$2,285,028]
-  Hocus Pocus - $456,000 [$4,828,000]
-  The Nightmare Before Christmas - $386,000 [$2,286,000]
-  Monsters, Inc. - $232,000 [$726,000]
- [N] Spell - $210,000 [NEW]
-  The Addams Family - $186,960 [$585,537]
Source: Box Office Mojo