Venom delivers record-breaking opening despite terrible reviews

Venom has had some pretty brutal reviews since its release last week – with some critics even labelling it a “trainwreck” – but that hasn’t stopped fans flocking to the cinema to see the Spider-Man villain in his first solo outing.

The Tom Hardy-starring film stormed straight to the top of the box office, taking an estimated $80 million Stateside – which is pretty exceptional.

It makes it an October box office record in the US, knocking off previous record-holder Gravity, which brought in $55.7 million back in 2013.

Taking the number two spot this week is A Star Is Born – featuring Lady Gaga in her first feature film role – taking an estimated $42.6 million at the box office.

Outside the US, Venom also set an October release record internationally by snapping up $125.2 million – of which $10.5m came from the UK. All in all, its global debut came to a resounding $205.2m. Pretty monstrous, in other words.

So, now that the film has been a hit with cinema-goers in its opening weekend, does it mean the planned trilogy will go ahead?

Hardy previously said: “We’ve signed up for three of them. So it’s very much an open case. We’ll see what people’s responses are to it.

“I think it’s an awesome character. I love playing both of them.”

The actor also said there were a number of awesome Venom scenes he filmed that didn’t make the cut.

Asked what his one favourite scene to shoot was, he claimed that there were “30 to 40 minutes’ worth” that could have been included.

“There are scenes that aren’t in the movie,” he stated. Plenty of sequel material then?

Venom is out now in the UK and US. Book tickets here.

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