Sony's planned Spider-Verse cinematic universe gamble might pay off if early box office numbers for Venom are any indication.
When Marvel Studios and Sony joined forces to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans were ecstatic to find Spider-Man finally at home with his fellow Avengers on the big screen. Because Sony still owned the license -- and thus essentially every Spidey character -- that led to the studio opting to try and build its own cinematic universe, sans Spider-Man.
First up? The Tom Hardy-led Venom, which is set to hit theaters in October. To say Sony has a lot riding on the feature would be putting it lightly, as it has already confirmed that plans for its Spider-Verse hinge on Venom's box office success. So, the fact that early projections have the film eyeing a possible $55–$85 million opening are a positive sign.
While an $55-$85 million opening for most superhero flicks would be viewed as a miss at the box office, should those numbers hold, that would give Venom a shot at the record for the biggest October opening weekend. That title currently belongs to 2013's Gravity with $55.8 million.
If these very early estimates do prove accurate, though, it's highly doubtful the film will earn more than $135 million domestically. It's worth noting that box office estimates can't accurately predict a film's opening until approximately three weeks out from release, so it's entirely possible that the current projections could drop or rise prior to October.
After all, fan response to the film has been generally positive, and the film's first trailer managed to surpass the trailer views for last year's massive success, Wonder Woman, within 24 hours by a staggering 72 percent. The film is also said to have registered a very encouraging 91 percent "Average Positive Interest" and 14 percent Recall scores, per Trailer Impact.
Swinging into theaters on Oct. 5, director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying and Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake/Riot.
(via Box Office Pro)