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

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Stacy Diaz | 08 October, 2018, 15:49

It crushed the worldwide box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million.

The character is a villain in the "Spider-Man" comic book world.

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.

Branding itself as a departure from superhero movies through its focus on anti-hero Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), Venom has also nabbed a solid B+ Cinemascore.

The film actually set a box office record with the best October opening of all time - the title was previously held by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock's Gravity, which previously made $55.7 million a few years back. "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer helmed the film, which carries a $100 million budget. "It's a movie that will be around for months", Goldstein explained.

Warner Bros.' second weekend of animated entry "Smallfoot" finished third this weekend with $14.4 million at 4,151 venues, followed by Universal's second session of Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy "Night School" with $12.3 million at 3,019 locations.

But despite the film's opening weekend success, Rotten Tomatoes has the movie ranked at a low 32 percent with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10.

Next up we have "First Man" and "Bad Times at the El Royale" on October 12.

Coming in fourth was last weekend's champion, Universal's "Night School", whose earnings dropped almost $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend.

Lionsgate-CBS Films' second weekend of "Hell Fest" was battling for eighth place with Warner's eighth weekend of "Crazy Rich Asians" with $2.1 million each.

The two films dominated the marketplace, though in limited release, Fox 2000's "The Hate U Give" opened with $500,000 on 36 screens.