Box Office Battle: 'Venom' devours $80M in the U.S.
Sony's (SNE) "Venom" debuted to $80M from 4,250 theaters in the U.S., easily the best showing ever for an October title. Overseas, the comic book movie soared to $125.2M from 58 markets for a global bow of $205.2M. "Venom" earned a B+ and sports 32% Rotten Tomatoes score. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: AT&T (T) subsidiary Warner Bros' "A Start Is Born" opened in second place with $42.6M domestically from 3,686 cinemas. Behind it was Warner Bros' "Smallfoot," finishing the weekend with $14.9M for a domestic total of $42.8M. Comcast (CMCSA) subsidiary Universal's "Night School" placed number four with $12.3M for a 10-day North American cume of $46.8M. Rounding out the top five, Universal's "The House With a Clock in its Walls" grossed $7.3M in its third weekend for a domestic total of $55.1M and $87.4M worldwide. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA), Viacom (VIAB), Lionsgate's (LGF.A, LGF.B) and Disney's (DIS). T CMCSA CMCSK SNE FOX FOXA LGF.A DIS VIAB VIA