Published: Tue, October 09, 2018

Villain Venom becomes a box office hero

Villain Venom becomes a box office hero

Tom Hardy's Venom scored a massive debut at the weekend box office, earning over $80 million!

WHAT DID YOU SEE at the movies this weekend?? The consensus reads, "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man". This effectively topples the previous October opening weekend record set by Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity when it earned $55.8 million in 2013.

"Venom" faced off against "A Star Is Born", and the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper remake did not disappoint, surpassing estimates by racking up a domestic total of $42.6 million, along with another $14 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $56.6 million. It drew an audience that was 66 per cent female and 68 per cent older than 35.

Branding itself as a departure from superhero movies through its focus on anti-hero Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), Venom has also nabbed a solid B+ Cinemascore.

That movie went on to earn £30.7 million overall in the United Kingdom, and though it seems unlikely that Venom will go quite that high, bosses will no doubt be relieved that the negative buzz from critics didn't affect ticket sales. Along with an 80% on PostTrack and 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, there's a clear divide between critics (a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences on this one.

In second place was another new release, musical romance "A Star Is Born", which took in $41.25 million.

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