'Venom' sets October record with M; 'Star Is Born' soars

'Venom' sets October record with M; 'Star Is Born' soars
This image released by Sony Pictures shows a scene from "Venom." (Sony Pictures via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Sony comic-book movie “Venom” has shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an million debut, while Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soared to .6 million.

According to estimates Sunday, the two very different films fueled an unusually robust October weekend at the North American box office. Despite a 32 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the anti-hero “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom” opened with .2 million globally.

The previous best October opening was .7 million for “Gravity” in 2013.

Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” remake, also starring Lady Gaga, has been hailed by critics and pegged as an Oscar front-runner. It drew an audience that was 66 percent female and 68 percent older than 35.