'Venom' keeps its lock on North American box office

Brenda Watkins
October 16, 2018

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Made on a budget of only $100 million, Venom could finish its theatrical run almost tripling that value domestically - making the likelihood of a sequel being secured very likely.

Current estimates have Venom on track to earn $31.7 million this weekend, while the critically-acclaimed A Star is Born is expected to pull in $29.6 million.

Smallfoot was able to pull in $9.3 million at this weekend's box office, taking the number five position.

One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Cast member Tom Hardy attends the premiere for the movie "Venom" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 1, 2018.

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FILE PHOTO: Cast member Lady Gaga and director Bradley Cooper attend the United Kingdom premiere of "A Star is Born" in London, Britain September 27, 2018. Universal's distribution president Jim Orr said that the "First Man" results were not disappointing, given that the core audience is an older demographic.

Venom and First Man are out now.

First Man, which now has 88% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, arrives in time for next year's 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

Directed by Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle, it also added $8.6 million elsewhere for a global take of just over $25 million.

Fourth place went to Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which had ticket sales of $15.8 million. The opening was a bit of a disappointment, especially considering that it has some pretty strong reviews and features Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, and Nick Offerman.

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