Sony's comic book creature feature starring Tom Hardy nabbed the No. 1 spot with an estimated $80 million haul at the domestic box office. This effectively topples the previous October opening weekend record set by Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity when it earned $55.8 million in 2013.
"Venom" also dominated at the global box office with $125.2 million, setting an worldwide record for an October opening.
Box office stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
Despite receiving a bad critical score (31% rotten), Venom now holds an 88% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, while "A Star Is Born" has received a 92% fresh critic score on the website. In stark contrast to the overall critical reception, the audience score on the review aggregator is almost 90%. And today we have word on just how much cash the flick made at the box office.
That movie went on to earn £30.7 million overall in the United Kingdom, and though it seems unlikely that Venom will go quite that high, bosses will no doubt be relieved that the negative buzz from critics didn't affect ticket sales.
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But despite the film's opening weekend success, Rotten Tomatoes has the movie ranked at a low 32 percent with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10. Always a good sign.
Tom Hardy starrer Venom opened at 80 million dollars at the United States 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.