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

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A Star Is Born also earns big domestically.

Venom has shattered a North American box office record in October with an $80 million opening weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A Star Is Born also brought in an impressive $42.6 million domestically during its opening weekend.

Venom’s $80 million weekend gross topples the previous October domestic opening weekend record set by Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity when it earned $55.8 million in 2013. Though Venom’s domestic haul is impressive, its $125.2 million earnings overseas during its opening weekend further bolsters its total opening weekend gross to $205.2 million, Variety reports.

Though it has only been out for a few days, this isn’t the first record Venom has broken, as it also earned the record for the highest grossing film in North America during an October film preview window with a $10 million preview night on Thursday, breaking the record set by Paranormal Activity 3 at $8 million in 2011.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born also did very well over its opening weekend, bringing in $42.6 million domestically and $14 million overseas for a total of $56.6 million. Though not quite as massive of a haul as Venom’s, its reported budget of $36 million has been recuperated and then some in a very brief window. Venom has also easily surpassed its reported budget of $100 million.

Both movies helped bring in a total $174 million in North American ticket sales this weekend, setting an all-time record for October, as reported by THR.

In our review of Venom, we called the film “Bad” saying, “Tom Hardy’s committed performance can’t overcome a painful script and indecisive direction, resulting in a film with a personality that’s as split as its titular character.”

In our review of A Star Is Born, we called the film “Amazing” saying it’s “a refreshing take of this classic showbiz rise and fall tale, with updated character work, fantastic performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and a soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days.”

For more on Venom, check out our review as well as our breakdown of all the Easter eggs and the ending and post-credits scenes. You should also check out what director Ruben Fleischer told us about saving Carnage for Venom 2 and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man not being in the movie.

Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.





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