Villain 'Venom' is box office hero in North American theaters

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2018

The Sony comic-book movie "Venom" has shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with a US$80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" soared to $42.6 million. Scoring a dismal 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, many believed the film would be a huge bomb. That's the best October debut in box office history beating "Gravity's" 2013 debut by almost $25 million.

There was also controversy involving Venom and its only true opponent for the box office, A Star is Born (which made a little over $41 million).

Venom launches to US$80 million A Star Is Born draws US$42.6 million
Venom smashed the record for an October opening and Bradley Cooper with Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

Venom wasn't just a North American favorite.

Despite all of the critical teeth-gnashing and the suspicions that Venom was going to be a turkey of epic proportions, Sony's first Spider-Man spin-off pulled the proverbial rope-a-dope on its first weekend and broke box office records.

"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences.

Katy Perry is clearing up any confusion over whether she meant to shade Lady Gaga and "A Star is Born" earlier this week.

"A Star is Born" carries a 91% on the tomatometer and has all the film nerds making Oscar predictions way too early.

Tom Hardy starrer Venom opened at 80 million dollars at the USA box office, breaking the October opening weekend record by a huge margin.

Third place went to Warner Bros.'s "Smallfoot", with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend.

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