Published: Mon, October 08, 2018

'Venom' Scores Massive Opening, Wins Weekend Box Office, & Breaks an October Record!

'Venom' Scores Massive Opening, Wins Weekend Box Office, & Breaks an October Record!

"Venom" came in a critically panned, much-doubted foray by Sony Pictures to kick-start a Marvel expansion away from "Spider-Man".

The love story starring Cooper and Lady Gaga has been lauded by critics and tipped for Oscars glory. The previous best October opening was 2013's "Gravity" with $55.7 million (not adjusted for inflation).

Unlike Venom, A Star is Born has a favourable critical reception.

Sony is hoping "Venom" will launch a shared universe similar to Disney's lucrative superhero franchise. In addition to the $80 million domestic tally, "Venom" also picked up a hefty $125.2 million overseas for a current worldwide total of $205,230,000.

Meanwhile, A Star Is Born also opened this weekend to huge number...approximately $42.6 million from 3,686 theater locations. The release of the soundtrack album on Friday added to the film's drawing power, according to Warner's domestic distribution head Jeff Goldstein. "It's a movie that will be around for months", Goldstein explained.

According to estimates Sunday, the two very different films fueled an unusually robust October weekend at the North American box office.

Next up we have "First Man" and "Bad Times at the El Royale" on October 12.

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

Coming in fourth was last weekend's champion, Universal's "Night School", whose earnings dropped almost $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend.

National Geographic's second weekend of rock climbing documentary "Free Solo" finished 12th with $540,000 at only 41 sites, followed by Fox's debut of teen drama "The Hate U Give" with $500,000 at 36 locations.

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