Box Office: 'Venom,' 'A Star Is Born' Zoom to Record October Monday
'Venom' collects $9.6 million on Columbus Day, while 'A Star Is Born' croons to $6.8 million.
Sony's comic book movie Venom and Warner Bros.' A Star Is Born shattered records Monday, earning $9.6 million and $6.8 million at the North American box office, respectively.
Both posted the top showing ever for a Monday in October, aided by the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S. and the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada, not adjusted for inflation.
Over the weekend, Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the Marvel antihero, opened to $80.3 million, the biggest debut ever for the month. The previous best belonged to Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which blasted off with $55.7 million in 2013.
On its first Monday, Gravity collected $6.1 million. On its second Monday — which was Columbus Day that year — it earned $6.2 million, a record until now.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer and co-starring Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, Venom had a four-day domestic total of $89.9 million; Star Is Born stands at $51 million.
Marking Bradley Cooper's directorial debut and Lady Gaga's first lead role on the big screen, A Star Is Born posted a weekend opening of $42.9 million, ahead of expectations and one of the top starts ever for a romantic drama or musical.
Between the pair of films, October domestic box-office revenue is running at record levels.
Elsewhere at the Monday box office, Warner Bros.' animated family film Smallfoot placed No. 3 with $3.1 million, followed by Universal and Malcolm D. Lee's comedy Night School ($1.7 million) and Amblin's family offering The House With a Clock in Its Walls ($1.4 million), according to estimates.