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

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

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

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.

"A box office star is born as October sings a glorious tune the likes of which the industry has never heard before for the oft overlooked month, as a flawless harmony of superhero blockbuster and Oscar bound musical create one of the most perfectly orchestrated movie weekends at the multiplex in recent memory", he added.

Earlier this week, a set of Lady Gaga fans were accused of bolstering the opening weekend for Venom through online bots.

Tom Hardy starrer Venom opened at 80 million dollars at the U.S. box office, breaking the October opening weekend record by a huge margin.

The blockbuster performance of "Venom", notes Variety, is the biggest October opening for any film in history.

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The previous best October opening was $55.7 million for "Gravity" in 2013. Though not quite as massive of a haul as Venom's, its reported budget of $36 million has been recuperated and then some in a very brief window.

This weekend we finally saw the release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom starring Tom Hardy. Hardy has already signed a three-movie deal with Sony.

Sony has a number of Spider-Man spinoff projects in various stages of development - including Morbius the Living Vampire, Black Cat, Silver Sable, Kraven the Hunter, Silk, Nightwatch and Jackpot - and with the shared universe said to have been dependent on how Venom performs, it looks like we can expect the studio to put its plans on the fast track over the coming months.

Empire sat down with Cooper at Abbey Road Studios to talk about some of the film's most significant scenes, including a moment of unrestrained emotion from Cooper's country singer Jackson Maine as he displays a vulnerable masculinity, as well as the casting of two drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race in one of the film's funniest and liveliest sequences.

Venom is running in theatres worldwide.

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