The Wall Street Journal: ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ combine for record October box-office haul

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LOS ANGELES — Two new hit movies — “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” — gave Hollywood its best-ever October showing at the box office over the weekend.

Sony Corp.’s SNE, +0.28%   Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Venom,” a superhero spinoff starring Tom Hardy, collected a robust $80 million in first place, unseating the October opening record set by the $55.8 million debut of “Gravity” in 2013.

Bradley Cooper’s update to the show-business myth “A Star Is Born,” from AT&T Inc.’s T, -0.38%   Warner Bros., followed with $42.6 million in second place, a solid start for a modestly budgeted drama that has drawn rave reviews from critics.

After several relatively quiet weeks at the box office, the arrival of “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” led an industrywide weekend tally of $174.5 million, a record for October.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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