Box Office Preview: ‘Venom’ Tracking for $65M-Plus Bow; ‘Star Is Born’ Expected To Be $28M-$30M


Director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom is headed for a potent $65 million-plus debut at the North American box office, while Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s high-profile A Star Is Born looks to sing its way between $28 million and $30 million, according to those with access to early prerelease surveys.


The two films open in North America on Oct. 5. Tracking could easily climb higher as both movies make their final marketing pushes.


Venom is poised to eclipse the $55.8 million debut of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (2013) to land the best October opening of all time, not adjusted for inflation. Other top October openings domestically include The Martian ($54.3 million) and Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6), respectively.


Sony insiders are being more cautious in suggesting a $55 million to $60 million domestic launch for Venom. Warner Bros. is likewise being more conservative in projecting a $25 million debut for A Star Is Born.

Venom — which kicks off the expansion of Sony’s universe of Marvel characters beyond Spider-Man — stars Hardy as the titular antihero, alongside Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Scott Haze. Hardy also plays Eddie Brock, the human host taken over by Venom, an alien Symbiote who can merge himself with others.


The superhero pic cost a net $100 million to produce and was financed in part by China’s Tencent.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Columbia Pictures; Warner Bros.
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