‘Venom’ Devours $80M; ‘A Star Is Born’ Shines Bright with $42M

039;Venom' latest hit to trump bad reviews with great box office while 'A Star Is Born' soars into second spot

Sony Pictures' Venom trounced box office projections with a $205.2 million opening weekend globally, according to Deadline.

A pair of hugely anticipated films both opened on the same weekend, which turned out to be good news for both. It crushed the global box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million. Despite mostly negative critical reviews, audiences are showing up for Venom, and they're liking what they see.

Despite receiving a bad critical score (31% rotten), Venom now holds an 88% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, while "A Star Is Born" has received a 92% fresh critic score on the website. 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".

A Star Is Born, which also stars Lady Gaga, made £900,000 from previews as well, putting it overall at £4 million in this country so far - £100,000 behind Johnny English 3.

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Box office stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Venom has already received an "88% liked it" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, getting ahead of "A Star Is Born" which has earned 84% rating on the website.

Lady Gaga's No. 1 fan might be her ex-fiancé. Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive.

While Venom is already in Indian theaters, A Star is Born releases on October 12.

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