Sunday October 07, 2018
‘Venom’ Breaks October Box-Office Record
“Venom,” a supervillain movie more than a superhero movie, directed by the guy who directed “Zombieland” (fun) and “Gangster Squad” (not so fun), and which garnered a pretty shitty 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, broke the October box-office record this weekend with a $80 million opening haul. The previous record has been set by “Gravity,” when it opened to $55 mil in 2013.
That $80 mil is still the lowest opening box-office record for any month. The only other month that hasn't broken the $100 million mark is January, whose record-holder is still Clint Eastwood's “American Sniper,” which grossed $89 million on MLK Weekend in 2014. Five months—February, April, May, June and December—have already broken the $200 million mark.
“Venom” is now the fifth superhero/villain movie to hold the monthly box-office mark:
- February: “Black Panther” ($202)
- April: “Avengers: Infinity War” ($257)
- May: “The Avengers” ($207)
- August: “Suicide Squad” ($133)
- October: “Venom” ($80)
It's also the second-highest opening for a Tom Hardy movie, after “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The better news is that Bradley Cooper's “A Star is Born,” co-starring Lady Gaga, with Oscar buzz preceding its glowing reviews and 91% RT rating, came in second with a strong $41 mil. If it gets nominated best picture, as it's likely to, it will already have surpassed the entire gross of six of the nine best-picture nominees from last year. And only “Dunkirk,” at $50 million, opened bigger.