‘Venom’ Launches to $80 Million, ‘A Star Is Born’ Draws $42.6 Million

"Venom" smashed the record for an October opening, topping the $55.8 million launch of "Gravity" by 43%.

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

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.

Box office stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Check back next week for more updates on Venom's box office performance! 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. 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. All of which suggests the aliens are going to absolutely love the Venom/A Star Is Born cross-over film someone is frantically pitching as we speak.

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.

Falling to third place this weekend is "Smallfoot" bringing in an estimated $14.9 million in its sophomore weekend.

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

  • Kyle Peterson