Superhero blockbuster "Venom" saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $80 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. The $80m haul was enough to smash the previous domestic record set by Gravity by more than $25m.
But despite the film's opening weekend success, Rotten Tomatoes has the movie ranked at a low 32 percent with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10.
Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
But "Venom" carries a bad 32% on the tomatometer and scored a recording breaking box office debut anyway. "A box office star is born as October sings a glorious tune the likes of which the industry has never heard before for the oft overlooked month, as a flawless harmony of superhero blockbuster and Oscar bound musical create one of the most perfectly orchestrated movie weekends at the multiplex in recent memory", he added.
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A pair of hugely anticipated films both opened on the same weekend, which turned out to be good news for both.
A Star Is Born, the musical drama starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, also did very well over its opening weekend, bringing in $42.6 million domestically, and $14 million overseas for a total of $56.6 million.