Although Venom's Cinemascore is lower than many of this year's other live-action superhero efforts - Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man & the Wasp earned an A+, A, and A- respectively - it is on par with other recent comic book movies including Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Thor.
"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences. That's an October box office record, knocking off previous record-holder "Gravity", which brought in $55.7 million in 2013.
Fifth place went to Universal's family-friendly offering The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of US$7.2 million.
It looks like Sony's efforts to launch their own Marvel cinematic universe is paying off in spades.
This weekend we finally saw the release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom starring Tom Hardy.
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A Star is Born did much better with the critics, leading to a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. "Venom", which cost about $100 million to make (relatively modest for a superhero film), grossed a total of $205.2 million globally.
Being subsumed by a sentient caramel has some downsides (strained relationship with ex-wife Michelle Williams, having Riz Ahmed as our enemy, harder to brush teeth), but one fun perk of humanity being overtaken by alien parasites is Venom achieving the biggest October opening of all time.
The fourth iteration of "A Star Is Born", directed by Bradley Cooper, arrived in theaters amid a wave of positive buzz and an awards campaign that's gained traction since its debut at the Venice Film Festival on September 5.