Venom centers around a new villainous character from the Spider-Man-Marvel extended universe, though there is no appearance from Peter Parker in this movie.
The dire reviews seem to have done nothing to keep folks away from Venom over the weekend as it pulled in $80 million, breaking the opening weekend record for October by around $25 million (set by Gravity in 2013).
Despite receiving a bad critical score (31% rotten), Venom now holds an 88% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, while "A Star Is Born" has received a 92% fresh critic score on the website. All of which suggests the aliens are going to absolutely love the Venom/A Star Is Born cross-over film someone is frantically pitching as we speak.
Kind words: Taylor Kinney said he "couldn't be more proud" of his ex-girlfriend Lady Gaga, 32, following her lauded performance in A Star Is Born.
For comparison there, Johnny English's first film opened with just £3.4 million back in 2003, while Johnny English Reborn in 2011 arrived to the tune of £5 million - so this latest instalment has arrived in between the two. Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive.
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.
Hitting screens this coming weekend are Bad Times At The El Royale, an all-star thriller starring Jon Hamm and Dakota Johnson among others.
As for next week, Ryan Gosling stars in the new feature film "Oscar Bait".
In more family-friendly viewing, high-profile animation Small Foot also lands on our shores on Friday.