THE METRIX | ‘Venom’ Breaks October Thursday Night Record

Sony’s kickoff to their oddball “Spider Man-less” Spider-Verse, Venom, ate up a boffo, record-breaking $10 million on Thursday night, blowing away previous tracking.

That fantastic number compares heavily to Captain America: Winter Soldier ($10.4M, $95M weekend), Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($8.7M, $91M weekend) and even Wonder Woman ($11M, $103M weekend).

After looking at those numbers, it seems like an $80 million-plus weekend is a lock, but that isn’t the case. The reviews have been quite negative, but, surprisingly, the audience reactions are extremely positive (88% audience user score on RT, 7.3 on IMDb). The word-of-mouth is what will drive Venom to those big numbers.

It will be interesting to see if Venom overcomes those sour reviews from critics. If we were to guess, an October record is all but guaranteed, and the Tom Hardy film hits at least $65 million. As for our opinion? We really enjoyed it! 

In equally big news, albeit on a smaller scale, A Star is Born thrilled audiences last night and boasted a huge $4.55 million Thursday night take. This is ginormous for a drama of this size.

In comparison to other hit October dramas, The Martian did $2.5 million in previews ($54M weekend), Gone Girl did $1.2 million ($37M weekend), and Gravity, the current October weekend record holder, did $1.4 million ($55M weekend). It is safe to say that Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut (and arguably, one of the best films of the year) is looking at a phenomenal weekend in the $40-50 million range.

Stay tuned for more box office at Movies Matrix…

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