Dominates North American movie theaters
LOS ANGELES — Sony’s superhero film, Venom, dominated the North American box office with an estimated $80.03 million on its opening weekend, marking the biggest October opening ever.
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom, one of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and daring characters. The plot follows journalist Eddie Brock, who is bound to an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.
Venom topped the previous October opening weekend record of $55.7 million set by 2013’s science-fiction film Gravity released by Warner Bros Pictures. The film has earned an epic $205.2 million globally, a new record for the month, according to studio figures collected by comScore.
“The highest-grossing October weekend of all time is on the books with a massive $174.5 million industry total as powered by the onetwo punch of Venom and A Star Is Born. This easily tops the $151.5 million earned over the same weekend in 2015 when The Martian led the weekend,” movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian with comScore writes in an email.
Venom, which reportedly cost around $100 million to make, received a “B+” rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore. But it received generally negative reviews from critics, with a mere 32 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Warner Bros’ romantic drama A Star Is Born opened second with an estimated $41.25 million in its first weekend, well above expectations.
Costing a modest $40 million to produce, the remake of the 1937 film of the same name is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, and stars Cooper and pop singer Lady Gaga, among others. The plot follows a hard-drinking musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer, Lady Gaga’s first lead role on the big screen.
Warner Bros’ animated film, Smallfoot, came in third with an estimated $14.9 million in its second weekend, pushing its North American total to $42.76 million.
Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, the film features the voices of James Corden, Channing Tatum and Danny DeVito, among others. The movie, loosely based on the book Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos, follows a group of Himalayan yeti who come across a human, with each species thinking the other was just a myth.
Universal’s comedy, Night School , moved to fourth with an estimated $12.27 million in its second weekend. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, the film follows a group of young adults who set out to earn their General Equivalency Diplomas.
Universal’s fantasy comedy film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, finished fifth with an estimated $7.29 million in its third weekend for a North American total of $55.05 million. The film, based on the kids book of the same name, follows a 10-year-old orphan who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house. The house is haunted by the original owner’s ghost, who’s about to end the world with a clock he had made and hidden within the house before his death.