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‘Venom’ latest hit to trump bad reviews with great box office, while ‘A Star Is Born’ soars into second spot

“Venom was such a popular character as a comic that over time, [though] he started out as a pure villain, he evolved into this kind of antihero,” said Stephen O’Dell, president of international releasing distribution at the studio. “And what we found with the film was… that relationship he has with Eddie Brock has the fun and the funny in it that is a wonderful mix, so I think it’s that tonal balance that works so well.”