Villain 'Venom' is box office hero in North American theaters

Villain 'Venom' is box office hero in North American theaters

Villain 'Venom' is box office hero in North American theaters

With an extra $125.2 million internationally (and not including China, where it is yet to get a release date) and a modest budget in the range of $100 million, Venom has certainly got Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters off to a solid start at the box office.

Despite all of the critical teeth-gnashing and the suspicions that Venom was going to be a turkey of epic proportions, Sony's first Spider-Man spin-off pulled the proverbial rope-a-dope on its first weekend and broke box office records.

Venom has shattered a North American box office record in October with an $80 million opening weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The previous record-holder, Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller Gravity, had earned 55.7 million dollars. A lot of ink has been spilled about the power a rotten "Rotten Tomatoes" score has and how damaging it can be to a film's bottom line.

The film, which stars Gaga in her first major feature role, brought in estimated $42.6 million for its opening in the United States this week.

Kind words: Taylor Kinney said he "couldn't be more proud" of his ex-girlfriend Lady Gaga, 32, following her lauded performance in A Star Is Born. At the global box office, the film has collected 56 million dollars. The soundtrack for A Star Is Born is now available on all streaming platforms. THR also reports that the strength of these two movies delivered an "all-time high of roughly $174 million for the month of October".

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