Saturday, 20 October, 2018

‘Venom’ breaks records, ‘A Star Is Born’ shines at the box office

Superhero movie Venom starring Tom Hardy and projected by analysts to gross US$65 million to US$70 million nabbed a record-breaking US$80 million 'Venom' sets October record with US$80M; 'Star Is Born' soars
Stacy Diaz | 09 October, 2018, 18:02

But it seems to have resonated much more with moviegoers: it has a B+ score from viewers on CinemaScore, and in the U.S. it easily shattered Gravity's record to earn the best October opening of all time.

Internationally, Venom earned $125.2 million, making for a total pull of $205.2 million.

Earlier this week, a set of Lady Gaga fans were accused of bolstering the opening weekend for Venom through online bots.

Lady Gaga and a popular Spider-Man villain managed to scare up blockbuster ticket sales in October, a month not known for big returns.

"Venom" pulled off its big box office success despite some very bad reviews.

Venom is expected to win the battle with an estimated $55 million to $70 million in the domestic box office over the weekend, and a potential $170 million worldwide.

The Tom Hardy-fronted movie, based on a popular Marvel Comics favourite, had received cold reviews from critics, winning only a 31% score on Rotten Tomatoes. All of which suggests the aliens are going to absolutely love the Venom/A Star Is Born cross-over film someone is frantically pitching as we speak.

"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences.

But despite the film's opening weekend success, Rotten Tomatoes has the movie ranked at a low 32 percent with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10.

As for next week, Ryan Gosling stars in the new feature film "Oscar Bait".