(Bloomberg) – "Venom," a character from the comic book world "Spider-Man," topped the box office for a second weekend, bringing to life the plans for the Sony Pictures superhero movie.
The surprise blow, which overcame the bad reviews, raised $ 35.7 million in theaters in the United States and Canada, ComScore Inc. estimated in an email on Sunday. He beat three new movies, including Oscar favorite "First Man," which came in third with $ 16.5 million for Universal Pictures. The thriller "Bad Times at the Royale" earned $ 7.2 million and a sequel to "Goosebumps", also from Sony, earned $ 16.2 million. "A Star Is Born" by Warner Brothers, with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, was in second place for the weekend with $ 28 million.
"Venom", an extraterrestrial-human symbiotic duo, is part of Sony's plan to revive its superhero movies linked to "Spider-Man." The company has been working on features of a universe of some 900 Marvel characters linked to the web, a comic book canon that the studio has licensed from Marvel Entertainment, owned by Walt Disney Co. The success of "Venom", which has exceeded The expectations of the analysts, gives a boost to the study while trying to compete with the most expansive superhero franchises in Disney and Warner Bros.
Sony Pictures, based in Culver City, California, will soon be the only major film studio outside of Disney that will have the Marvel superheroes at their disposal. Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox, which had rights for certain Marvel characters, such as the X-Men.
"Venom" is forecast to add $ 30 million to its route this weekend, analysts at Box Office Pro predicted. Sony said on Sunday that the movie had grossed $ 378.1 million worldwide.
Universal Pictures' Oscar nominee "First Man," which was criticized by some politicians for not being patriotic enough, missed the $ 20 million forecast for Box Office Pro. The film is based on Neil's life story Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It had a $ 59 million budget, before marketing costs, according to Box Office Mojo, and has been praised by movie critics, with 90 percent recommending it, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Ryan Gosling plays Armstrong in the film, which is based on the astronaut's only official biography: "The First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James R. Hansen. Armstrong, chosen as an introverted rather than flashy hero, persists in his ambitions as an astronaut despite the pain that followed the death of his daughter and colleagues.
The other new Sony movie was the sequel to his franchise of the Halloween movie "Goosebumps". The film received only 32 percent positive reviews, according to Rotten Tomatoes. "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" cost $ 35 million before marketing costs and was forecast to generate $ 18.6 million in its debut, according to Box Office Mojo and Box Office Pro. It missed the opening weekend of $ 23.6 million of the first installment.
In the adaptation of the book for children, Jack Black returns as R.L. Stine, but the film focuses mainly on two uncomfortable teenagers who discover Stine's mischievous dummy, Slappy. They accidentally brought the doll to life, and set out to wreak havoc.
The other new movie of the weekend, the Fox thriller "Bad Times at the Royale", missed a forecast of $ 8.3 million Box Office Pro. With a budget of $ 32 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo, pleased to critics, with 76 percent positive reviews. Seven strangers, played by a group that includes Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo, all end up in a hotel in ruins. Everyone has a dark secret and tries some kind of redemption on that night.