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‘Venom’ Blows Box Office Away

VenomOnce again proving a movie can do heroic business any month of the year, Sony’s comic book movie Venom devoured a massive $80 million from 4,250 theaters in its domestic opening, easily the best showing ever for an October title.Overseas, Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the Marvel antihero, soared to $125.2 million from 58 markets for a global bow of $205.2 million, also an October best. South Korea turned in $16.3 million, followed by Russia with a stellar $13.6 million.

Venom, fueled by fanboys and an ethnically diverse audience, as well as younger moviegoers, impressed in fending off withering reviews (its Rotten Tomatoes score is 31 percent, compared to 91 percent for A Star Is Born). On top of making October history, it nabbed the seventh-best launch of the year so far upon besting fellow superhero pic Ant-Man and the Wasp, which opened to $75 million this summer.

The top 12 films of the weekend, as of Sunday, October 7, are as follows: