Venom: Box-Office Hit–Critics Do Not Matter

Sony’s Venom should break previous opening weekend records for October with an estimated $80 million from 4,250 theaters. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who becomes the eponymous anti-hero, Venom. Venom is likely to beat out the last record-holder, Gravity, which debuted in 2013 to $55.7 million. Sony is projecting a more conservative estimate of $70 million, but even that number marks a 22% margin over “Gravity’s” opening tally. The picture earned $32.75 million on Friday, with a B+ CinemaScore , despite poor Rotten Tomatoes score of 31%.  Its audience score is somewhat more optimistic however, at 89%. Ruben Fleischer directed the dark twist on a superhero fable, with Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott also starring. Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel wrote the poorly structured script.