As CNN reports, Venom is the No. 1 film at the U.S. box office right now, pulling in an estimated $80 million.
October has never been a particularly great month for the domestic box office, but both Venom and the Lady Gaga -starring, Bradley Cooper-directed A Star Is Born are exceptions.
Venom , which also stars Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams , has just scored the best opening weekend for a film in October, beating out previous record-holder Gravity , which debuted with $55.7 million.
A Star Is Born , meanwhile, has debuted at the No. 2 spot with $42.6 million. The film features Gaga in her first starring film role and has received considerably more critical acclaim than Venom.
A Star Is Born is expected to continue to perform well and build buzz for the upcoming award season.
Speaking with Variety , Sony’s domestic distribution chief Adrian Smith said that despite the mostly poor reviews, the marketing push Venom has received allowed it to overcome negative reception.
“The idea was always to make a film that all audiences could enjoy,” he explained. Venom also managed to perform well overseas, bringing in $125.2 million outside of America.