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

16 October, 2018, 20:55 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • An adorable Charlie imposter apparently

Cast member Tom Hardy and writer Kelly Marcel attend the premiere for the movie Venom in Los Angeles, California, on Oct 1.

"Venom", a Marvel movie about a symbiotic alien who bonds with a journalist, collected $80 million in weekend sales to open at No. 1 in US and Canadian theaters, ComScore Inc. estimated in an email Sunday.

The Sony comic-book movie "Venom" has shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" soared to $42.6 million.

Critics panned the film's chaotic plot, with only about 30 percent recommending it, according to

The 43-year-old actor's real-life dog, Charlie, plays his movie dog, also named Charlie, in the film.

Warner Bros.' romantic drama "A Star Is Born" opened second with an estimated 41.25 million dollars in its first weekend, well above expectations. A remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott, and follows a hard-drinking musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga).

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The world can't stop talking about A Star is Born, and yes, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper give incredible performances - but so does his dog.

In the film, Cooper has said during press rounds, Ally and his character, Jackson Maine, don't have children.

Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, the film features the voices of James Corden, Channing Tatum and Danny DeVito among others.

Sony Pictures has the rights to certain Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, even though Disney owns Marvel Entertainment.

Coming in fourth was last weekend's champion, Universal's "Night School", whose earnings dropped almost $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend. Amblin-Universal's "The House With a Clock In its Walls" finished fifth with $7.3 million in its third weekend for a domestic total of $55.1 million and $87.4 million worldwide.



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