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Report: Venom to sink its teeth deep into October box office with $55+ million

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Sep 13, 2018, 3:03 PM EDT

Maybe Halloween month and sci-fi were just meant to go together like…well, like an alien symbiote and an unsuspecting human host. 

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.