Sony and Columbia Pictures' "Venom" could be the start of a new, villainous trend in Hollywood.
"Venom", which this weekend shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million North America debut, was almost universally panned. However, analysts say it introduces consumers to a film that is entirely focused on a monstrous anti-hero who has been one of Spider-Man's biggest foes, and exists outside Disney's juggernaut Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Venom" was expected to gross between $50 million to $75 million this opening weekend, according to Box Office Pro.
The film was a big hit globally as well grossing $205 million worldwide.
The movie industry is currently loaded with superheroes — pumping out ensemble films, new franchises and sequels continuously. But because of superhero overload, studios are responding by supplying more super villain and antihero films in the next round of blockbuster content.
"The hero story may be getting tired to some. So most people want to see what it's like from the other side of the coin," said Brian Schutzer co-owner of Sparkle City Comics/ Neat Stuff Collectibles.com. "We never get more than a five-minute origin story to villains in the history of the last 20 years of superhero movies."