Did you check out Venom this weekend?
With an extra $125.2 million internationally (and not including China, where it is yet to get a release date) and a modest budget in the range of $100 million, Venom has certainly got Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters off to a solid start at the box office.More news: Google Pixel Slate renders appear to reveal design, detachable keyboard and stylus
But this exceptional box office debut is noteworthy for more reasons than one.
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. Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive. All of which suggests the aliens are going to absolutely love the Venom/A Star Is Born cross-over film someone is frantically pitching as we speak.More news: Made by Google Pixel 3 XL launch
A Star is Born did much better with the critics, leading to a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Third place went to Warner Bros.'s "Smallfoot", with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend.
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