Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

‘Venom’ breaks records, ‘A Star Is Born’ shines at the box office

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Ivan Hill | 10 October, 2018, 04:57

Sony's "Venom" and Warner Bros.' "A Star Is Born" did so well they helped bring in the best weekend in October history at the box office, according to comScore.

Earlier this week, a set of Lady Gaga fans were accused of bolstering the opening weekend for Venom through online bots. That's an October box office record, knocking off previous record-holder "Gravity", which brought in $55.7 million in 2013.

Internationally, Venom earned $125.2 million, making for a total pull of $205.2 million.

Taylor Kinney is so proud of his ex fiancee, Lady Gaga, for her work in A Star Is Born. Scoring a dismal 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, many believed the film would be a huge bomb. Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive.

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A Star Is Born, whose estimates sat at US$30 million, earned US$42.6 million.

For comparison, Spider-Man Homecoming - the title character of which shares a universe with Venom in the comics - opened to £9.4 million in 2017.

Oh and, one more bit of good news for this arguably bad movie - the next live action superhero flick, "Aquaman" doesn't hit the silver screen until December giving "Venom" lots of breathing room to collect as many box office dollars as possible. However, the role also came with a bit of pressure, especially because Shangela said Gaga "handpicked" her to be in the film.

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

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