Venom is perfect antidote for US audiences

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The latest comic adventure, this time based on Spider-Man archenemy Venom, topped the bill this week at the US Box Office.

Despite some poor reviews, the symbiote, which stars Tom Hardy, took a whopping $80m in its opening week, and managed to knock musical reboot A Star Is Born, also in its opening week, into second spot.

Directed by first timer Bradley Cooper, the Lady Gaga musical drama, which has plenty of Oscar’s buzz, took $41.2m in its debut week.

Elsewhere family friendly Yeti animation Smallfoot, featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and James Corden, took third spot, while Kevin Hart comedy Night School dropped down the class into fourth.

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett’s magical tale The House With A Clock In Its Walls rang the changes in fifth, while Paul Feig’s dark comedy A Simple Favor slipped to six, with religious horror The Nun, having taken in excess of $113m domestically, in seventh.

Horror Hell Fest, rom com Crazy Rich Asians and action adventure The Predator round out the top ten.

New entry The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall, debuted outside the top ten with an estimated opening of $500k.