Sony’s Venom might have the best opening weekend of any movie that’s come out in October. The current record is held by 2014’s Gravity, which debuted to $55.7 million.
According to Deadline, Venom is currently looking at an opening weekend of $65 million. The movie might make even more money–closer to $70 million–but with both a UFC fight and the MLB playoffs on, the movie is going up against some serious competition. A Star Is Born looks to be coming in second place with an opening weekend of $41 million. Both Smallfoot and Night School–going into their second weekends–are currently grappling over third place, with both earning about $13.5 million.
Venom has already earned the highest Thursday night preview in October, earning $10 million in its first night. That’s a whole $2 million above the last movie to hold the title, 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3, and over double what A Star Is Born made in it’s Thursday night preview–which was about $4.55 million. Normally, these numbers would imply Venom is on its way to being a top-tier superhero movie–as its Thursday night preview outpaces both Ant-Man ($6.4 million), Doctor Strange ($9.4 million), and several other hero films–but its Rotten Tomato score is so low that it might ward off potential viewers.
Venom is a reimagining of Eddie Brock and the symbiote’s meeting, where Peter Parker was never a part of the equation. Eddie, played by Tom Hardy, is an investigative journalist who accidentally stumbles into bonding with an alien symbiote, who’s voiced by Tom Hardy, that comes with its own personality and a useful collection of super-human abilities. Eddie tells the symbiote it can stay, but only if the two aim their violent impulses towards the criminal element, leading the two to become the anti-hero known as Venom.
In our Venom review, Michael Rougeau wrote, “Venom has all the ingredients of a decent superhero movie–10 or 15 years ago. With spotty CGI, poorly drawn characters, tonal inconsistency including forced ‘edginess’ and awkward humor, sidelined female characters, and even cringeworthy licensed musical cues, it feels like a relic from the distant, pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe past. That may in part be attributed to the fact that it’s been in production in one form or another since at least 2008. But its problems go way past simply being ‘old school,’ and ultimately, Venom lacks the charm, clarity, and ambition superhero fans have come to expect.”