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

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Taking the No. 1 spot this week in spectacular fashion is "Venom" bringing in an estimated $80 million in its first weekend out.

Along with a really strong domestic showing, "Venom" made even more money from the foreign box office - pulling in a better than expected $125 million. "Venom" smashed the record for an October opening, topping the $55.8 million launch of "Gravity" by 43%. And that's without China, where a premiere date is still set to be announced. The film holds a 31% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

But "Venom" carries a bad 32% on the tomatometer and scored a recording breaking box office debut anyway. "There's a lot of room for growth, particularly among younger audiences".

That movie went on to earn £30.7 million overall in the United Kingdom, and though it seems unlikely that Venom will go quite that high, bosses will no doubt be relieved that the negative buzz from critics didn't affect ticket sales.

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"When you create this archetype of a man, and then an investigation of the humanity within that archetype, there's a potential recipe for those kinds of elements - of seeing somebody who you wouldn't expect to reveal such emotion", Cooper said of Jackson's tearful breakdown.

In fact, some fans believe the film should have a trigger warning, as A Star Is Born depicts addiction, depression and suicide - and does so vividly at times.

Third place went to Warner Bros.'s "Smallfoot", with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend.

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