Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

‘Venom’ breaks records, ‘A Star Is Born’ shines at the box office

‘Venom’ breaks records, ‘A Star Is Born’ shines at the box office

Venom also dominated the global box office with $125.2 million, setting an worldwide opening record.

The consensus reads, "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man". That record had been held by 2013's Gravity, which opened to $55.8 million.

The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.

That's thanks to BOTH Sony's "Venom" and Warner Bros.'s "A Star Is Born".

"A Star Is Born" made $42.6 million this week, if you count the early screenings. "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer helmed the film, which carries a $100 million budget. The release of the soundtrack album on Friday added to the film's drawing power, according to Warner's domestic distribution head Jeff Goldstein.

"The industry is absolutely on fire right now", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

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. Universal's "First Man", Fox's "Bad Times at the El Royale" and Sony's "Goosebumps 2" are the major openers next weekend.

Fifth place went to Universal's family-friendly offering The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of US$7.2 million.

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

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