‘Venom’ breaks records, ‘A Star Is Born’ shines at the box office

Emmett Rice
October 10, 2018

Sony's "Venom" and Warner Bros.' "A Star Is Born" did so well they helped bring in the best weekend in October history at the box office, according to comScore.

Despite all of the critical teeth-gnashing and the suspicions that Venom was going to be a turkey of epic proportions, Sony's first Spider-Man spin-off pulled the proverbial rope-a-dope on its first weekend and broke box office records. A lot of ink has been spilled about the power a rotten "Rotten Tomatoes" score has and how damaging it can be to a film's bottom line.

"Venom" pulled off its big box office success despite some very bad reviews.

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. In stark contrast to the overall critical reception, the audience score on the review aggregator is almost 90%.

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One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

In second place was another new release, musical romance "A Star Is Born", which took in $41.25 million.

Venom already had a record-setting Thursday night preview ($10 million), getting ahead of 2011's Paranormal Activity 3 ($8 million). However, the role also came with a bit of pressure, especially because Shangela said Gaga "handpicked" her to be in the film.

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