Villain Venom becomes a box office hero

Tabitha Dunn
October 8, 2018

"Venom" also dominated at the global box office with $125.2 million, setting an worldwide record for an October opening.

The consensus reads, "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man". Positive word-of-mouth about the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga music-fuelled romance should serve it well going forward - it received an "A" CinemaScore, so expect this one to resonate through to Oscar season.

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

It looks like Sony's efforts to launch their own Marvel cinematic universe is paying off in spades.

"We knew we had a hit", said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeffrey Goldstein of "A Star Is Born".

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This weekend we finally saw the release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom starring Tom Hardy. That's an October box office record, knocking off previous record-holder "Gravity", which brought in $55.7 million in 2013. "Venom", which cost about $100 million to make (relatively modest for a superhero film), grossed a total of $205.2 million globally. "It's a movie that will be around for months", Goldstein explained. Universal's "First Man", Fox's "Bad Times at the El Royale" and Sony's "Goosebumps 2" are the major openers next weekend.

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 US$16 million to US$12.3 million this weekend.

And rounding out the top five was The House With A Clock with $7.2 million.

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