BOX OFFICE: “Venom” almost doubles “Star is Born” opening, $80 to $42

ven.jpegEarly projections had “Venom” rolling in with a decent $46 million opening, with nobody really wanting to go as far as thinking $70 million might be within reach for a Sony comic book franchise-starter with piss-poor reviews and weak buzz.

We/They/Everybody was wrong. There’s no such thing as a comic book flop.

It looked like a $77 million hit Sat. AM. Now, everybody’s all-in on the Tom Hardy picture pulling in $80 million. 

Pre-sake sell-outs of “A Star is Born” had pushed the predicted $42 million take for that one up to $44 on Saturday AM. But the sell-out showings have passed, and $42 it is.

So much Gaga’s Little Monsters sabotaging “Venom” at the BO.

If “Venom” falls off a cliff its second weekend, and it will, “Star” will move ahead of it in next week’s race, perhaps doing well enough to take first place. Perhaps not. But it’ll stick around as long as the hype doesn’t fade too fast.

“A Simple Favor” still has legs, “Smallfoot” is still owning “Night School” (a 63% plunge on its second weekend).

“Crazy Rich Asians” is still in the top ten for another week, maybe two. It will clear $175, maybe $180 before it loses most of its screens.

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