Venom: Tom Hardy–Bankable Star?

Tom Hardy’s superhero tale Venom earned $80 million at 4,250 sites for Sony and Marvel.

The Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga-starring remake of “A Star Is Born” earned an estimated $42.6 million at 3,686 locations for Warner, both well above pre-weekend forecasts.

“Venom” smashed the record for an October opening, topping the $55.8 million launch of “Gravity” by 43%.

“Venom” also dominated at the international box office with $125.2 million, setting an international record for an October opening. South Korea led the way with $16.3 million.

“Venom” and the critically acclaimed “A Star Is Born” were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences. The strong domestic openings pushed the weekend’s total business to about $174 million, or 15% above the prior mark of $151.5 million set in 2015 when Matt Damon’s “The Martian” opened, according to comScore. the best October weekend of all time in North America.

 

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