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Even if the estimated numbers for Venom fall down, the film will easily get ahead of 2013's George Clooney starrer Gravity, which made $55.7 million over its opening weekend.

According to ScreenDaily, the movie has opened with £8 million - of which £5.6 million was the Friday-Sunday weekend period, and the rest was previews on Wednesday and Thursday. And that's without China, where a premiere date is still set to be announced.

"Venom" pulled off its big box office success despite some terrible reviews. The Spidey villain was heavily criticized by critics, and now sits at an abysmal 32% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Both movies helped bring in a total $174 million in North American ticket sales this weekend, setting an all-time record for October, as reported by THR. 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. "And I know that she gave her all".

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A Star is Born did much better with the critics, leading to a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Always a good sign. The Tom Hardy starring comic book film will break the record for an October movie debut by the time the box offices close on Sunday night.

Third place went to Warner Bros.'s "Smallfoot", with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend.

First Man, another Oscar-bait movie, is also out - with Ryan Gosling reuniting with the La La Land director to portray Neil Armstrong.

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