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Venom Dominates The Domestic Box Office With $80M Opening

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In spite of the overwhelming cascade of negative press and critical reviews, Venom still destroyed its opening weekend, with a domestic total debut of $80 million.

Sony’s MCU-adjacent flick (supposedly the first in a line of dark and gritty Spidey-less films centred on the popular Spider-Man characters the studio still has the rights to) trounced Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born, which brought in a still-impressive $42.6 million.Venom also crushed the record for an October release by 43%, beating Gravity’s 2013 record of $55.8 million.

Internationally Venom drew a further $125 million, for a worldwide total of $205 million.

Sony are reportedly thrilled at the takings, successfully piggybacking off of the Marvel brand to deliver a genuine box office success before any potential poor word-of-mouth gets around. The flick was a modestly-budgeted project, especially for a superhero film, and has already doubled its $100 million price tag.

Meanwhile, A Star is Born is expected to have greater legs, as positive buzz (and rumblings of Oscar nominations) carry the feature into the coming weeks. Competition will be fierce though, as the 12th of October will see the similarly positioned Bad Times at the El Royale and First Man releasing, along with animated family feature Smallfoot and neon-soaked Nicolas Cage horror Mandy.

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