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Box Office: ‘Venom’ Vs ‘A Star Is Born’

Box Office: ‘Venom’ Vs ‘A Star Is Born’

Variety.com: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Tom Hardy are injecting a little star-power into multiplexes.

Following a lackluster September at the box office, “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” are debuting this weekend and carrying with them out-sized expectations. Hardy’s “Venom” should easily top domestic charts, but Cooper and Gaga’s musical “A Star Is Born,” which enjoys rapturous critical reviews, will still manage a healthy bow.

Sony is tempering predictions for “Venom” and is projecting that the symbiote standalone adventure with all the bloodletting that a PG-13 rating will permit, will sink its teeth into a $55 million three-day launch. Industry analysts are more bullish, estimating the superhero film could make as much as $65 million to $70 million this weekend when it opens across 4,250 locations. A debut over $55 million would rank as the biggest October opening ever. Alfonso Cuaron’s 2013 drama “Gravity” currently holds that record with $55.8 million.

The studio is touting “Venom” as a darker-than-your-average Marvel movie, but there are still plenty of comic moments. This antihero definitely isn’t hanging around your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man — he’s chomping off heads and not even pausing to take names. Sony is hoping “Venom” will launch a shared universe similar to Disney’s successful Marvel franchise, though separate from the studio’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” world. “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helmed the film, which carries a lofty $100 million budget. Hardy portrays Eddie Brock, a journalist bound to the alien entity known as Venom. The cast also includes Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate.

The studio is touting “Venom” as a darker-than-your-average Marvel movie, but there are still plenty of comic moments. This antihero definitely isn’t hanging around your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man — he’s chomping off heads and not even pausing to take names. Sony is hoping “Venom” will launch a shared universe similar to Disney’s successful Marvel franchise, though separate from the studio’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” world. “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helmed the film, which carries a lofty $100 million budget. Hardy portrays Eddie Brock, a journalist bound to the alien entity known as Venom. The cast also includes Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate.



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