The audiences for the two films could not be more different, and A Star Is Born was always likely to be a box office success, with or without a campaign to destroy its competition. The romantic musical directed by Bradley Cooper (who also stars opposite Gaga) earned rave reviews from critics after playing at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. It now has a terrific 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered a frontrunner for several Oscars, including best picture. As of last month, it was tracking for a healthy $30 million domestic debut.

But that’s still half as large as the box office expected for Venom, a Marvel blockbuster starring Tom Hardy about the famous Spider-Man villain.

Mayhaps therein lies Gaga fans’ anxiety: Though the people who might feel compelled to see both Venom and A Star Is Born on opening weekend are few and far between, Venom is still a comic book movie starring an A-list actor, and it’s the only thing standing in the way of Gaga’s movie being the number one movie in the world for the next few weeks.

Gaga has asked her fans not to engage in this type of behavior before (she told fans to stop fighting with followers of pop star Katy Perry in 2013), but we’re not sure if the online discord campaign against this guy warrants a stern talking-to from the queen mother. We’ll update you if Gaga herself addresses the war against Venom that her henchmen and women have waged on her behalf.

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