Venom is no turd as it destroys October box office record

Venom has broken another record at the box office as it now also scores the best Monday in October. That's an October box office record, knocking off previous record-holder "Gravity", which brought in $55.7 million in 2013.

This image released by Sony Pictures shows a scene from "Venom".

Earlier this week, a set of Lady Gaga fans were accused of bolstering the opening weekend for Venom through online bots. The film holds a 31% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads, "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man".

Kind words: Taylor Kinney said he "couldn't be more proud" of his ex-girlfriend Lady Gaga, 32, following her lauded performance in A Star Is Born.

The Other Woman actor expressed words of warmth not just directed at Gaga, but Cooper as well. At the global box office, the film has collected 56 million dollars.

Venom has already received an "88% liked it" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, getting ahead of "A Star Is Born" which has earned 84% rating on the website.

Of course, the story is not a new one: A Star Is Born was first made in 1937 and has been remade on three separate occasions (including in 1954 starring Judy Garland).

Despite coming third, though, forecasters expect A Star Is Born to have much longer legs and hang around in cinemas significantly longer than its rivals - particularly if the ongoing Oscars buzz is maintained.

Vanessa Coleman

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