Sorry, Little Monsters – the Twitter trolling didn’t work! Lady Gaga’s fans basically issued a social media edict in the week leading up to the A Star Is Born debut at the box office against Venom, the Tom Hardy-starring comic book movie competing against Gaga. The Little Monsters dragged Tom’s movie and said it was a smelly, fug, grotsky be-yotch (or just said it was a snooze to watch) that nobody should go see. Even though critics seemed to agree, we told you Friday it looked like Tom would win the weekend box office. That’s exactly what happened, but A Star Is Born still did better than people were expecting this weekend.
Deadline says Venom brought in $80 million over the weekend, which is Sony’s (the studio behind the movie) seventh-best U.S. opening weekend ever. The only movies that did better were related to the Spider-Man movies or 007. See? Critics and trolls don’t know shit! Sony is basically hoping Venom becomes a spinoff for Spider-Man since Tom’s character is mentioned in the comics. The movie did particularly well in areas where there was a high military presence since Tom promoted the movie at two USO bases in hopes people remember him for macho super hero movies and not his MySpace THOT days (don’t worry: I will never forget). But before Gaga fans can point out their own hero has been essentially promoting A Star Is Born since she first debuted on the gay club circuit years ago, they get good news, too.
A Star Is Born brought in just over $41 million, or nearly $43 million if you count preview days from earlier in the week. The Gaga and Bradley Cooper movie was the best October pre-sales weekend for Fandango, which just goes to show how much people like seeing a grizzled Bradley and that “ra ra bitch” sing. As a shock to nobody, it sounds like a huge portion of the audience were older women (thirsty for Bradley) and Little Monsters (equally thirsty for Bradley…and because it was new Gaga material).
If you take both Venom and A Star Is Born’s performances at the box office this month, it was the best October weekend at the movies in box office history, which I think will stay that way until they both battle it out again in twenty years after their sequels are released. I’m thinking the titles of their sequels will be: Fangless And The Venom Dried Up and A Star Burned Out, Cancelled A Few Shows From ‘Exhaustion,’ And Went To Promises. Now THAT will be a weekend at the box office!