"A Star is Born" balances romance and tragedy

Superhero movie Venom starring Tom Hardy and projected by analysts to gross US$65 million to US$70 million nabbed a record-breaking US$80 million

Superhero movie Venom starring Tom Hardy and projected by analysts to gross US$65 million to US$70 million nabbed a record-breaking US$80 million

The film, which is the fourth "A Star Is Born" since 1937, has built up vast buzz for its emotional story, strong performances and solid direction from first time director and star Bradley Cooper.

Sony's creature feature "Venom" took the top spot at the box office this weekend.

"Venom" topped the previous October opening weekend record of 55.7 million dollars set by 2013's science fiction film "Gravity" released by Warner Bros. 21st Century Fox Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s Warner Bros continued to develop comic-book film franchises and the throngs keep turning out. "Venom" is part of the Culver City, California-based studio's revamped approach to superheroes. He becomes infected and develops superpowers, launching the origin story of his symbiotic alter-ego Venom. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel, and stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.

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Besides playing the lead, Cooper directed the film and co-wrote it with Will Fetters and Eric Roth.

Cooper's Jackson Maine (who knew he could sing so well?) is an aging, drunken rocker who stumbles upon a drag bar, in search of even more booze after a show and meets a slew of drag queens and his soon-to-be star - Lady Gaga's Ally doing a rousing rendition of "La Vie En Rose" that totally captivates Cooper's pill-popping character. But as her star rises, his starts to wane and he is crippled by his drinking.

Considering the modern take on A Star is Born had originally been stuck in production hell for a decade, the final version easily could have backfired. The strong domestic openings pushed the weekend's total business to about $174 million, or 15% above the prior mark of $151.5 million set in 2015 when Matt Damon's "The Martian" opened, according to comScore.

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