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.
With an extra $125.2 million internationally (and not including China, where it is yet to get a release date) and a modest budget in the range of $100 million, Venom has certainly got Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters off to a solid start at the box office.
Did you check out Venom this weekend? And that's without China, where a premiere date is still set to be announced. Along with an 80% on PostTrack and 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, there's a clear divide between critics (a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences on this one.
But "Venom" carries a bad 32% on the tomatometer and scored a recording breaking box office debut anyway.
The Other Woman actor expressed words of warmth not just directed at Gaga, but Cooper as well.
A Star is Born is in theaters now.
Taking the No. 2 spot this week is the latest iteration of the "A Star Is Born" story bringing in an estimated $41 million and producing buckets of tears along the way. Always a good sign.
Together, the two films contributed to the best October weekend in North American history, according to Variety.
Warner Bros.' second weekend of animated entry "Smallfoot" finished third with $14.4 million at 4,151 venues, followed by Universal's second session of Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy "Night School" with $12.3 million at 3,019 locations.