It was a big weekend at the box office, with both Sony's "Venom" and WB's "A Star Is Born" launching above expectations.
The much hyped Tom Hardy-Marvel film that was panned by critics (30% on Rotten Tomatoes) appeared to be loved by audiences instead, with $80.3 million at the top spot. It even grabbed an extra $9.6 million on Columbus Day, making it's total $89.9 million thru Monday. It appears that this definitely may be another situation of critics hating a movie, but audiences not agreeing with them.
In second place, Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga's remake of "A Star Is Born" took $42.9 million over the weekend, also exceeding expectations. The film grabbed another strong $6.7 million on Columbus Day, leading to a $51.0 million total thru Monday. Saw this movie on Tuesday and loved it -- definitely go see it! Also, unlike "Venom", this was a strong movie with critics -- currently 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rounding out the top 5 were "Smallfoot" ($14.4 million, $42.3 million total), "Night School" ($12.5 million, $47.0 million total), and "The House With A Clock In Its Walls" ($7.3 million, $55.1 million total).