Venom Delivers an October Opening Weekend Record
It was a record weekend at the box office. Sony‘s Venom delivered an estimated $80 million opening topping the previous October best opening by more than $20 million. That opening is better than Marvel’s $75.8 million opening for Ant-Man and the Wasp earlier this year and just behind Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s $84.4 million.
The film appears to be bullet proof from reviews as it received largely negative ones from critics and a “B+” CinemaScore from the opening day audience. The audience was 59% male and 36% of the audience was age 25 years or older. That’s much younger audience than expected and indicates kids are driving this film’s success.
Internationally, the film opened with $125.2 million from 58 markets for a record October opening of over $205 million. The film opens in France next weekend, Japan in November, and China’s release has yet to be dated.
Without superhero competition for the foreseeable future, it’s unknown what the drop will be in the second weekend. But, with a budget of just $100 million, the film is already looking like it’ll be quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which earn on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. The film’s budget though is less than half the average Spider-Man film which average $209.5 million.
In second place was A Star is Born which opened with an estimated $41.3 million. The film received an “A” CinemaScore and with its 66% female audience and 86% age 25 or older, the film should have some legs for some time.
In third place was Smallfoot which dropped 35% from the previous weekend with an estimated $14.9 million. It has earned just shy of $43 million after ten days domestically. It also added $11.7 million internationally and has crossed $75 million worldwide.
Night School came in fourth with a 55% drop in its second weekend. It earned an estimated $12.3 million to bring the domestic total to $46.7 million. Internationally it also earned $3.4 million for a foreign total of $12 million an global total near $60 million.
Rounding out the top five was The House With a Clock in Its Walls which dropped 42% in its third weekend earning an estimated $7.3 million for a domestic total that stands at $55 million.
When it comes to other comic films…
Ant-Man and the Wasp held steady at #27 earning an estimated $132,000 to bring its domestic total to $216.4 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.