This weekend, Sony Pictures’ newest Marvel adaptation Venom opened in theaters. Although reviews from critics have been mixed-to-negative at best, it seems that audiences are giving the film a warmer reception. According to CinemaScore, the new film starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock has received a B+ grade from audiences.
— CinemaScore (@CinemaScore) October 6, 2018
When compared to previous entries in the Spider-Man film franchise, Spider-Man (2002) received an A-, Spider-Man 2 received an A-, Spider-Man 3 received a B+, The Amazing Spider-Man received an A-, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received a B+ and Spider-Man: Homecoming received an A.
Venom having the same grade as Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is interesting given that both of those films are often considered to be the weakest of their respective iteration of the webhead. It’s also interesting that Spider-Man 3 also featured actor Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/Venom.
Here is a description at how CinemaScore tallies grades from audiences for new films:
CinemaScore® is the industry leader in measuring movie appeal among theatre audiences. Since 1978, CinemaScore has been polling moviegoers at major movie releases on opening night to collect demographic information and calculate a distinctive CinemaScore grade.
How would you personally grade Venom? Did you enjoy the film? Or were you more in line with the critics? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in Sony’s upcoming slate of Marvel films.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams).
Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin?
Venom is now playing in theaters.