October 5-7, 2018: VENOM, A STAR IS BORN, SMALLFOOT, & More

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Tom Hardy's superhero tale "Venom" grabbed $80 million at 4,250 sites for Sony and Marvel while the Lady Gaga-starring remake of "A Star Is Born" earned an estimated $42.6 million at 3,686 locations for Warner Bros. - well above pre-weekend forecasts.

"Venom" also dominated at the worldwide box office with $125.2 million, setting an global record for an October opening. The plot follows a journalist Eddie Brock who is bound to an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.

Cooper, a four-time Oscar nominee, co-wrote, co-produced and stars in the film, which also marks his directorial debut.

"Venom", which cost a reported around 100 million dollars to make, received a "B+" rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore, but it received a generally negative reviews from critics with a mere 32 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Luckily, Bradley Cooper found the answer while filming A Star Is Born.

The pooch at the center of dog-lover's collective post-"A Star Is Born" meltdown is also Cooper's real-life canine pal, a rescue dog who he cast as the companion for himself and on-screen love Ally (Lady Gaga).

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

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Rounding out the top three is the film, "Smallfoot".

Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, the film features the voices of James Corden, Channing Tatum and Danny DeVito among others.

The raucous comedy stars Kevin Hart as one student in a class of misfits working toward high school diplomas under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish.

Sony Pictures has the rights to certain Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, even though Disney owns Marvel Entertainment.

Fifth place went to Universal's family-friendly offering "The House With a Clock in Its Walls", which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.

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