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

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

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

Taking the No. 1 spot this week in spectacular fashion is "Venom" bringing in an estimated $80 million in its first weekend out. It crushed the global box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million.

Box office stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo. 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.

Check back next week for more updates on Venom's box office performance! Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive. A Star is Born stormed out of the gates as counter-programming and locked in a $42 million box office. The film, which is the fourth "A Star Is Born" since 1937, has built up huge buzz for its emotional story, strong performances and solid direction from first time director and star Bradley Cooper.

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A Star is Born did much better with the critics, leading to a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Animated movie Smallfoot finished third with US$14.4 million, followed by comedy Night School, with US$12.3 million.

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