Villain Venom is box office hero in North American theatres

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper star in

It also had a record opening for October overseas grossing $125.2 million in global ticket sales.

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

Branding itself as a departure from superhero movies through its focus on anti-hero Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), Venom has also nabbed a solid B+ Cinemascore. The previous best October opening was 2013's "Gravity" with $55.7 million (not adjusted for inflation).

Those alien symbiotes not in the mood for action also went to the theater, resulting in A Star Is Born's expectation-exceeding domestic box office of $42.6, with the world turning up with a reported $56.6 million's worth of love for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

"This is a movie that will be around for months", Goldstein added.

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Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, credited Sony and Warner Bros. with savvy scheduling.

Did you check out Venom this weekend?

Next up we have "First Man" and "Bad Times at the El Royale" on October 12.

The animated feature Smallfoot took third place on its second weekend with $14.9 million.

Lionsgate's fourth weekend of Anna Kendrick's comic thriller "A Simple Favor" came in sixth with $3.4 million to take its 24-day domestic total to $49 million.

National Geographic's second weekend of rock climbing documentary "Free Solo" finished 12th with $540,000 at only 41 sites, followed by Fox's debut of teen drama "The Hate U Give" with $500,000 at 36 locations.

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