Dom­i­nates North Amer­i­can movie the­aters

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

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.

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