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Villain Venom is box office hero in US

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 9, 2018 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 9, 2018 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Villain Venom is box office hero in US

The film stars Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed

Superhero blockbuster Venom saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $80 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The film, the official launch of Sony’s Marvel Universe, stars Tom Hardy as a journalist who becomes the host for an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.

The character is a villain in the Spider-Man comic book world.

Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.

In second place was another new release, musical romance A Star Is Born, which took in $41.25 million.

The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley Cooper, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.

Third place went to Warner Bros.’s Smallfoot, with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend. The comic family animation tells the story of a group of Yeti who come across a human, with voicing by Channing Tatum, LeBron James and Danny DeVito.

Coming in fourth was last weekend’s champion, Universal’s Night School, whose earnings dropped nearly $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend. The raucous comedy stars Kevin Hart as one student in a class of misfits working toward high school diplomas under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish.

Fifth place went to Universal’s family-friendly offering The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.

Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:

A Simple Favor ($3.4 million)

The Nun ($2.6 million)

Hell Fest ($2.1 million)

Crazy Rich Asians ($2.1 million)

The Predator ($900,000)

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