"Venom" Sets The Record For Biggest October Movie Debut

Tabitha Dunn
October 10, 2018

Venom has had one of the best opening weekends amongst superhero movies in recent years, topping Doctor Strange, Wonder Woman, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. It holds a 32% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.

Both movies helped bring in a total $174 million in North American ticket sales this weekend, setting an all-time record for October, as reported by THR.

Coming in at No. 2 this weekend is the music-heavy drama "A Star Is Born". It features the scene from the film in which Ally and Jackson sit at a diner table writing the lyrics to what would eventually become "Look What I Found", while also finding time to lovingly gaze at each other.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

This is Bradley Cooper's directing debut and Lady Gaga's Hollywood movie debut but you wouldn't know it by looking at the reviews or feedback on this fantastic film.

For comparison there, Johnny English's first film opened with just £3.4 million back in 2003, while Johnny English Reborn in 2011 arrived to the tune of £5 million - so this latest instalment has arrived in between the two.

Fifth place went to Universal's family-friendly offering "The House With a Clock in Its Walls", which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.

In more family-friendly viewing, high-profile animation Small Foot also lands on our shores on Friday.

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