"Venom" Defies Bad Reviews And Breaks October Box Office Record Anyway

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Being subsumed by a sentient caramel has some downsides (strained relationship with ex-wife Michelle Williams, having Riz Ahmed as our enemy, harder to brush teeth), but one fun perk of humanity being overtaken by alien parasites is Venom achieving the biggest October opening of all time.

Sony Pictures' Venom trounced box office projections with a $205.2 million opening weekend globally, according to Deadline.

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. The film holds a 31% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which is the fourth "A Star Is Born" since 1937, has built up vast buzz for its emotional story, strong performances and solid direction from first time director and star Bradley Cooper. 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. That also exceeded expectations that had the film bringing in around $30 million.

Venom already had a record-setting Thursday night preview ($10 million), getting ahead of 2011's Paranormal Activity 3 ($8 million). The consensus goes, "With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right - and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling".