However, only one film can be #1 at the box office, and Variety reports that honour goes to "Venom", with the Tom Hardy-starring Marvel movie scoring an impressive $80 million domestically in its opening weekend, and a worldwide tally of $125.2 million. That record had been held by 2013's Gravity, which opened to $55.8 million.
Despite all of the critical teeth-gnashing and the suspicions that Venom was going to be a turkey of epic proportions, Sony's first Spider-Man spin-off pulled the proverbial rope-a-dope on its first weekend and broke box office records. A lot of ink has been spilled about the power a rotten "Rotten Tomatoes" score has and how damaging it can be to a film's bottom line. And at the centre of it all is Bradley Cooper giving perhaps his greatest screen performance, all while making an incredibly assured, confident directorial debut, as well as singing and playing guitar in front of live audiences.
Sony's opening effort to create a larger universe for its available Marvel characters shrugged off awful reviews to set a new box office record for an October debut. The consensus goes, "With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right - and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling".