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

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

Venom is expected to win the battle with an estimated $55 million to $70 million in the domestic box office over the weekend, and a potential $170 million worldwide.

The dire reviews seem to have done nothing to keep folks away from Venom over the weekend as it pulled in $80 million, breaking the opening weekend record for October by around $25 million (set by Gravity in 2013). Venom marks the first attempt by Sony to build a comic-book universe of their own by using supporting characters of the Spiderverse whose rights Sony owns. It crushed the worldwide box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million. Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive. However, the role also came with a bit of pressure, especially because Shangela said Gaga "handpicked" her to be in the film.

According to ScreenDaily, the movie has opened with £8 million - of which £5.6 million was the Friday-Sunday weekend period, and the rest was previews on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley Cooper, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.

While Venom is already in Indian theaters, A Star is Born releases on October 12.




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