Early U.S. box office projections for the month of October are predicting Venom is poised for a historic opening, with estimates ranging anywhere from a $55 million haul, on the conservative side, to $65 million or even more, depending on how Sony markets the Spider-Man spinoff in the final few weeks ahead of its release.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, anything beyond the $55.8 million that Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity took home in its 2013 opening weekend would propel Venom to the all-time top of the October box office. Historically, the October movie season is already top-heavy with successful sci-fi debuts: in addition to Gravity, which holds the current record, the other highest-grossing October movies are The Martian (2015) and Paranormal Activity 3 (2011).
Interest in how Venom will make good on Sony’s attempt to stretch the boundaries of its sliver of the Marvel universe beyond Spider-Man may be the chief reason behind the movie’s anticipated strong opening. But it definitely doesn’t hurt that Venom has been getting plenty of mainstream buzz, thanks to clever late-game marketing efforts (like Eminem’s eponymous theme song.)
A debut in the $60 million range would go a long way toward quickly recouping the film’s reported $100 million production budget, just in Venom’s opening weekend alone. The only other genre film opening the same weekend is Terrence Stamp’s low-budget Viking Destiny, giving Venom a head start among October’s genre debuts before Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween lands the following week, with the Halloween reboot close behind on Oct. 19.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock — the symbiote’s hapless human host — Venom also features Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Scott Haze.
We’re less than a month away from getting our chance to bond with an alien: Venom slithers into theaters starting Oct. 5.