Tech: Despite a 28% Rotten Tomatoes score, 'Venom' has already broken a box-office record

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Though Sony's latest Marvel movie, "Venom," got slaughtered by critics, the studio is laughing to the bank as the movie had a record-breaking $10 million take at Thursday previews.

  • "Venom" took in $10 million in Thursday previews — a record-breaking figure for the month of October.
  • "A Star Is Born" also fueled the box office with $4.6 million in previews.
  • We could be looking at not just a record-breaking opening weekend for "Venom," but for overall box office.

Hear that laughter? No, it's not audiences laughing at the wacky performance by Tom Hardy in "Venom," it's the movie studio behind it laughing its way straight to the bank.

It seems the rotten reviews for Sony's latest Marvel movie isn't hurting its bottom line. "Venom" took in $10 million in Thursday preview screenings, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That's a record-breaking figure for the month of October and it puts the movie on pace to have the biggest opening weekend ever for the month, which is currently held by the 2013 movie "Gravity" ($55.78 million).

It seems audiences are ignoring the 28% Rotten Tomatoes score "Venom" is currently sporting. What's also impressive is the turnout for the movie despite another much-talked-about title also opening this weekend, "A Star Is Born."

The Oscar-bait Warner Bros. release starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, which also marks his directorial debut, took in an impressive $4.6 million so far (counting Thursday previews and special screenings earlier in the week).

With industry projections having "Venom" opening somewhere between $57 million – $65 million and "A Star Is Born" coming in around $30 million (or higher), it's looking like this could be a record-breaker for overall revenue for an October weekend.

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