Venom is no turd as it destroys October box office record

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That's an October box office record, knocking off previous record-holder "Gravity", which brought in $55.7 million in 2013. It crushed the global box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million. THR also reports that the strength of these two movies delivered an "all-time high of roughly $174 million for the month of October". And that's without China, where a premiere date is still set to be announced.

Box office stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Check back next week for more updates on Venom's box office performance! Scoring a dismal 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, many believed the film would be a huge bomb.

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

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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.

The film, which stars Gaga in her first major feature role, brought in estimated $42.6 million for its opening in the United States this week. That's a whole $2 million above the last movie to hold the title, 2011's Paranormal Activity 3, and over double what A Star Is Born made in its Thursday night preview-which was about $4.55 million.

A Star is Born did much better with the critics, leading to a 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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