'Venom' Launches to $80 Million, 'A Star Is Born' Draws $42.6 Million

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Box Office ‘Venom’ Devours $80M ‘A Star Is Born’ Shines Bright with $42M Columbia Marvel Sony

Sony's creature feature "Venom" took the top spot at the box office this weekend.

In "Venom", Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist trying to expose an unethical scientist who wants to test alien parasites on humans.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

The movie made an estimated 80 million dollars in the US, which is enough to set a new record for best October weekend box office. The film, which is the fourth "A Star Is Born" since 1937, has built up enormous buzz for its emotional story, strong performances and solid direction from first time director and star Bradley Cooper.

Sony Pictures has the rights to certain Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, even though Disney owns Marvel Entertainment. He becomes infected and develops superpowers, launching the origin story of his symbiotic alter-ego Venom. It's the widest October release ever and topped the previous record $55.8 million debut for the month set by "Gravity" in 2013. That also exceeded expectations that had the film bringing in around $30 million. "A Star Is Born" is based on the eponymous 1937 film, which was directed by William Wellmam.

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"The highest grossing October weekend of all time is on the books with a massive 174.5 million dollars industry total as powered by the one-two punch of "Venom" and "A Star Is Born.' This easily tops the 151.5 million dollars earned over the same weekend in 2015 when 'The Martian" led the weekend", wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua.

The pooch at the center of dog-lover's collective post-"A Star Is Born" meltdown is also Cooper's real-life canine pal, a rescue dog who he cast as the companion for himself and on-screen love Ally (Lady Gaga). But as her star rises, his starts to wane and he is crippled by his drinking.

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"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences. It was set to open with weekend sales of $42 million to $49 million, according to forecasters.

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