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But it seems to have resonated much more with moviegoers: it has a B+ score from viewers on CinemaScore, and in the USA it easily shattered Gravity's record to earn the best October opening of all time. It crushed the global box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million. And that's without China, where a premiere date is still set to be announced.
But "Venom" carries a bad 32% on the tomatometer and scored a recording breaking box office debut anyway.
But this exceptional box office debut is noteworthy for more reasons than one. It holds a 32% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
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In second place was another new release, musical romance "A Star Is Born", which took in $41.25 million.
Cooper's "A Star Is Born" remake, also starring Lady Gaga, has been hailed by critics and pegged as an Oscar front-runner.
Animated movie Smallfoot finished third with US$14.4 million, followed by comedy Night School, with US$12.3 million.