'Venom' sets October record with US$80M; 'Star Is Born' soars

10 October, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Venom Obliterates October Opening Weekend Box Office Record with $80M

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

Say what you want about how underused some of the key cast are in Venom - particularly Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, who gets precious little in the way of good material to work with - but it was an ingenious move to hire them. And that's without China, where a premiere date is still set to be announced.

Box office stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

"Venom" pulled off its big box office success despite some bad reviews. It holds a 32% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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

Actor Bradley Cooper says his biggest challenge was to keep going on through the long process of filming his first directorial venture A Star Is Born. A Star is Born stormed out of the gates as counter-programming and locked in a $42 million box office. Venom is expected to win the battle with an estimated $55 million to $70 million in the domestic box office over the weekend, and a potential $170 million worldwide.

Warner Bros.' second weekend of animated entry "Smallfoot" finished third with $14.4 million at 4,151 venues, followed by Universal's second session of Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy "Night School" with $12.3 million at 3,019 locations.

A bankable Oscar-bait movie and a hit superhero flick?

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