And really rare these days (particularly for low-performers September and October): all three new movies opened to over $19 million. And the top five all came in over $17 million, unusual at any time of year.
On the other hand, there’s a big gap between the top five and the rest of the weekend slate (no other films grossed even $3 million). But the net result notches a $30-million bump from the same weekend last year, and could boost the lagging year total going forward. Will 2019 catch up to 2018? Not likely. But the margin should fall significantly. This gets the shortfall to around $500 million and