Internationally, Venom earned $125.2 million, making for a total pull of $205.2 million.
Well, the most obvious answer is because "Venom" is a comic book movie following a Marvel character in the Spider-Man universe.
"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences. That's a record-breaking figure for the month of October and it puts the movie on pace to have the biggest opening weekend ever for the month, which is now held by the 2013 movie "Gravity" ($55.78 million).
Hear that laughter? No, it's not audiences laughing at the wacky performance by Tom Hardy in "Venom", it's the movie studio behind it laughing its way straight to the bank. "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer helmed the film, which carries a $100 million budget.
Cooper's "A Star Is Born" remake, also starring Lady Gaga, has been hailed by critics and pegged as an Oscar front-runner. "It's a movie that will be around for months", Goldstein explained. It remains to be seen whether the story of Eddie Brock and his alien parasite will hold strong with audiences in the coming weeks, but from its opening success you can expect Sony to already be looking at sequel potential.
But at least No. 3 "Smallfoot" and No. 4 "Night School" were in eight digits - at $14.9 million and $12.75 million respectively. Universal's "First Man", Fox's "Bad Times at the El Royale" and Sony's "Goosebumps 2" are the major openers next weekend.
National Geographic's second weekend of rock climbing documentary "Free Solo" finished 12th with $540,000 at only 41 sites, followed by Fox's debut of teen drama "The Hate U Give" with $500,000 at 36 locations.