Venom set to take a massive bite out of the box office

Lawrence Kim
October 9, 2018

This weekend we finally saw the release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom starring Tom Hardy.

Superhero blockbuster "Venom" saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $80 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Venom also dominated the worldwide box office with $125.2 million, setting an global opening record.

While most critics who caught the premiere of the film panned the movie, those critiques were based on the negative press surrounding the film, rather than the film itself.

Though the Tom Hardy-led superhero movie isn't as jam-packed with clever winks to the audience as fans expect from, say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it does nevertheless serve up a solid collection of nerdy touchstones to keep your eyes peeled for.

Meanwhile, A Star Is Born also opened this weekend to huge number...approximately $42.6 million from 3,686 theater locations. While Venom's core audience was a younger and predominantly male audience, A Star is Born was aimed more towards an older female base. It will be interesting to see how Sony plans on maneuvering their movie universe with all of Spidey's foes and no Peter Parker, although anything is possible. And get yourself some popcorn, while you're at it.

What do you think of Venom's opening numbers?

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