Sony’s latest Marvel adaptation Venom exceeded all box office expectations last week as it overperformed and easily broke the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend in the history of the month of October. Despite mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, audiences seemed to have responded more positively to the film which stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock.
Now, Venom is looking to top the box office once again despite competition from the critically-acclaimed awards contender A Star is Born and new releases including First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.
Tracking is finding Venom aiming for a $30 million gross in its second weekend of release, with just about a 60% drop from the first weekend. This would be great news for Sony and their plans for future standalone films featuring Spider-Man villains and of course, a sequel to Venom.
Last week’s #2, A Star is Born won’t be too far behind thanks to critical acclaim and word-of-mouth. That film is expected to take in $28 million while new releases such as First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will round out the top 5 for this weekend.
Venom will likely end its weekend box office reign next week when the highly-anticipated sequel Halloween opens in theaters.
Here is the synopsis:
Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into with an alien symbiote that bonds with him, granting him powers and transforming him into the titular anti-hero.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
Venom will be released in theaters on October 5, 2018.