‘First Man’ Can’t Blast Past ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ at the Box Office

/Film | 10/14/2018 | Ethan Anderton
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Even though First Man might be a key contender during awards season, when it comes to the box office, well, we just had a glitch for this mission.

First Man, the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong as he works towards the chance to land on the moon, couldn’t drum up enough interest to surpass last week’s holdovers of Venom and A Star Is Born, both taking the #1 and #2 spots at the box office again. Get the full rundown on the First Man box office performance below.

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The Hollywood Reporter has First Man making only $16.5. million from its wide release from 3,640 theaters. While that might seem like a bomb, there’s a good chance First Man will stick around in theaters for awhile and continue to make money as we get deeper into awards season. In fact, for that reason, the movie probably would have fared better as a November or December release.

Critics have been praising First Man left and right, but audiences seem to be not quite as keen on the film starring Ryan Gosling and directed by La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle. The film only received a B+ CinemaScore, which is the same score as Venom, but not what you’re looking for when you want audiences to really love your movie.

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Though First Man may stick around deeper into awards season, it’s a little worrisome that similar and equally critically praised movies like Gravity and The Martian each had much bigger openings around the same time of release....
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