Venom Sets October Box Office Record With $80 Million Opening Weekend

039;Venom' latest hit to trump bad reviews with great box office while 'A Star Is Born' soars into second spot

Taking the No. 1 spot this week in spectacular fashion is "Venom" bringing in an estimated $80 million in its first weekend out.

But it seems to have resonated much more with moviegoers: it has a B+ score from viewers on CinemaScore, and in the U.S. it easily shattered Gravity's record to earn the best October opening of all time.

But this exceptional box office debut is noteworthy for more reasons than one.

The Tom Hardy-fronted movie, based on a popular Marvel Comics favourite, had received cold reviews from critics, winning only a 31% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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"A Star Is Born's" big box office is a good start for a film that will likely be a big contender during awards season this winter.

The unlikely dynamic duo of "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" have livened up the fall moviegoing season with the best October weekend of all time in North America.

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.

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