This October sees the launch of ‘Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters’ with the release of Venom, which sees Tom Hardy taking on the role of fan-favourite Spider-Man villain Eddie Brock and his symbiote alter-ego.
Sony has a lot riding on the film, with the studio hoping to use it as the launch pad for a series of Spider-Man spinoff movies including the likes of Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, Silk, Nightwatch, solo movies for both Silver Sable and Black Cat, and Jackpot (in total, Sony is said to have around 900 Marvel characters at its disposal).
Well, if early tracking is to be believed, it looks like Sony will have a solid hit on its hands, with Pro Box Office reporting that Venom is tracking a domestic opening weekend of between $55 million and $85 million.
While that is well short of the $100 million plus of many superhero blockbusters, Venom has a much more modest budget than its Marvel and DC rivals, with some reports claiming it could be as low as $40 million. It could also set a new October record, currently held by Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity which opened with $55.8 million back in 2013 on its way to $732 million worldwide.
One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Venom is set for release on October 5th 2018 and features a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Scott Haze and Sope Aluko.