Thursday afternoon reports surfaced that Sony's Venom had received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, based on theater chain AMC's ticket sales listing for the film, and a tweet from Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.
However, as of Thursday afternoon AMC's ticket and information site for Venom now lists the film as "NR" - Not Rated. Despite Davis' Tweet, Fandango also lists Venom as "NR".
Interestingly, Davis' tweet cites unnamed "studio sources" offering a motivation for Sony keeping Venom PG-13 - a potential crossover with Spider-Man.
"Hearing from studio sources the reason is so that Venom and Spider-Man can face off at some point down the line," Davis said. "If the movie is R, it’s hard to do that."
It appears AMC may have listed the film's rating in error or prematurely. Sony has not officially released the film's rating, and the MPAA's Classification And Ratings Administration (CARA) website does not have a listing for Venom at this time.
There has been speculation Sony would release the film with an R rating.
Venom is due out in theaters October 5.