“Venom” Headed For An $80M Opening

Pg 13 Venom To Open Big At Box Office

It is proving to be a giant weekend at the box-office with the Tom Hardy-led “Venom” film set to defy expectations and open to an estimated $80 million. That’s $20 million above what the studio was estimating this past week and a new opening weekend record for October

The film earned $32.75 million on Friday alone, with a B+ CinemaScore and an awful Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 31% (but an audience score of 89%).

There was room enough for another hit though with the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper-led “A Star Is Born” also beating initial forecasts and is headed for a $42 million opening. It landed a 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an A CinemaScore.

Both took the top spots, pushing “Smallfoot” to third with $14 million, and “Night School” to fourth with $12 million. Both “The Hate U Give” and “Loving Pablo” premiered in limited release, the former doing quite well while the later bombed on impact.

Source: Box-Office Mojo