Battle at the Box Office: Venom vs. A Star is Born

It’s always exciting when two highly anticipated films are released on the same weekend. But just how do Venom and A Star is Born compare to each other?

Box Office Earnings

The initial box office predictions for Venom were $55 million for the three-day launch while A Star is Born was predicted to have up to a $40 million opening. Venom ended up shocking everyone and set an October box office record by earning an estimated $80 million while A Star is Born also exceeded expectations with $42.6 million for the weekend.

Venom

Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures

A Star is Born

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Films Themselves

It’s one thing to have the #1 spot in the box office, but just how did the films measure up in quality? Although it is comparing apples to oranges because they are completely different genres and appeal to different audiences, there still is a measure of quality.

Venom

Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures

A Star is Born

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Verdict

While the numbers show that Venom won the “Battle at the Box Office,” holding its title as the winner through the following weeks, I would argue that A Star is Born is the true winner. It was so beautifully written and acted, that it really does stand above a lot of 2018 releases. Venom may have been entertaining, but there were too many factors that need improvement.

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