VENOM Roaring To $32 Million Second Weekend; Expected To Retain Its Box Office Crown

VENOM Roaring To $32 Million Second Weekend; Expected To Retain Its Box Office Crown

VENOM Roaring To $32 Million Second Weekend; Expected To Retain Its Box Office Crown

While Venom did suffer a hefty drop due to the new competition, the Tom Hardy-starrer is still the worldwide box office champ and is expected to retain its crown with a solid $32 million second weekend.

After an exceptionally strong debut last week, Ruben Fleischer's Venom continues its reign of terror this weekend and is widely expected to be the box office champ once again with an estimated $32 million in its second frame, holding off a pair of promising newcomers.

While we'll have to wait until tomorrow to receive an update on the international and worldwide totals, the Tom Hardy-
starrer has officially topped $100 million domestically and should be sitting at approximately $139.25 million domestic by the end of business tomorrow, which, combined with its $127.1 million foreign total, will take its current worldwide cume to $266.4 million. The film is projected to cruise past $300 million, potentially $350 million, worldwide by Monday once the foreign numbers are updated.

Venom carried a reported production budget in the $100 million to $116 million range, which is a considerably lower figure than your standard superhero adventure and should make turning a profit a relatively easier task. A Chinese release date has not been set just yet, but considering the film's PG-13 rating, expect it to be announced sooner than later.

For fans worrying about Venom's potential legs through the fall season, the expected 60% drop after this weekend is on par with most superhero movies, including Captain America: Civil War (-59.5%), Avengers: Age of Ultron (-59.4%) and Deadpool (-57.4%); and is actually a slightly better hold than both Spider-Man: Homecoming (-62.2%) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (-61.6%).

It's also pacing well ahead of Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (-69.1%) and Suicide Squad (-67.4%), both of which received a similar negative reception from critics, although it should be noted that those two films were also received quite poorly by the general audience whereas Venom has seemingly been embraced by the moviegoing public.

Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper's critically acclaimed A Star Is Born is on its way to another second place finish with approximately $29 million, taking its worldwide cume to $88.8 million ($74.6M domestic; $14.2M foreign). As for the newcomers, Universal's First Man is coming in a little under early forecasts with an estimated $16 million while 20th Century Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale is also underperforming with an estimated $7.9 million debut.

One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Venom features:
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom
Michelle Williams as Anne Weying
Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake/Riot
Scott Haze as Roland Treece
Reid Scott as Dr. Dan Lewis
Jenny Slate as Dr. Dora Skirth
Melora Walters as Maria
Chris O'Hara as John Jameson
Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady

Venom unleashes in theaters October 5
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