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).
Despite receiving a bad critical score (31% rotten), Venom now holds an 88% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, while "A Star Is Born" has received a 92% fresh critic score on the website. 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.
"Venom" pulled off its big box office success despite some bad reviews.
Unlike Venom, A Star is Born has a favourable critical reception.
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In second place was another new release, musical romance "A Star Is Born", which took in $41.25 million. THR also reports that the strength of these two movies delivered an "all-time high of roughly $174 million for the month of October". At the global box office, the film has collected 56 million dollars.
A Star Is Born, which also stars Lady Gaga, made £900,000 from previews as well, putting it overall at £4 million in this country so far - £100,000 behind Johnny English 3.
"A Star Is Born" holds a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes and rode that buzz to a very strong opening weekend for an awards film.