Villain 'Venom' is box office hero in North American theaters

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Venom's $80 million haul is also sets a new October record, which was previously held by Gravity which opened with $55.7 million back in 2013.

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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.

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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.

The Little Monsters - fans of Lady Gaga - had reportedly written bad reviews of Venom, recognising its toxic box-office threat to A Star Is Born, which stars the singer and Bradley Cooper.

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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.

A bankable Oscar-bait movie and a hit superhero flick?

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