Venom is yet again at the top of the box office with $35.7 million earnings in its second weekend, outpacing A Star Is Born and just released First Man.
Combined with last weekend’s $80 million opening weekend, Venom‘s current box office total has climbed up to $142 million.
Venom sees Tom Hardy playing Eddie Brock, a journalist who bonds with a symbiote called Venom. Though Venom is closely related to Spider-Man in Marvel media, Sony is using the character to launch their Universe of Marvel Characters which will reportedly focus on Morbius, Black Cat, Silver Sable and Nightwatch.
The film was directed by Ruben Fleischer, with a budget of $100 million. The film received poor reviews from critics, earning a 32% Rotten Tomatoes score, but fans have been more positive about the film, giving it an 88% score.
This week also saw the release of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween which landed on the fourth spot. Starring Jack Black, the film opened to a $16.2 million mark in its first weekend. Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At the Royale opened to about $7.2 million.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams,, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined – where does Eddie end and Venom begin?
Venom is now playing in theaters.