For comparison, Spider-Man Homecoming - the title character of which shares a universe with Venom in the comics - opened to £9.4 million in 2017. 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. The previous record-holder, Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller Gravity, had earned 55.7 million dollars.
Coming in at No. 2 this weekend is the music-heavy drama "A Star Is Born".
In second place was another new release, musical romance "A Star Is Born", which took in $41.25 million.
"A box office star is born as October sings a glorious tune the likes of which the industry has never heard before for the oft overlooked month, as a ideal harmony of superhero blockbuster and Oscar bound musical create one of the most perfectly orchestrated movie weekends at the multiplex in recent memory", he added. For what it's worth, I think the public made the right choice on this one and I'd guess a lot of them came out of the film having had some fun, though the current CinemaScore puts it on par with Suicide Squad.
Fifth place went to Universal's family-friendly offering "The House With a Clock in Its Walls", which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.
A bankable Oscar-bait movie and a hit superhero flick?
In more family-friendly viewing, high-profile animation Small Foot also lands on our shores on Friday.