That record had been held by 2013's Gravity, which opened to $55.8 million. It crushed the worldwide box office as well, earning $125.2 million, led by South Korean receipts of $16.3 million.
According to estimates Sunday, the two very different films fueled an unusually robust October weekend at the North American box office.
Check back next week for more updates on Venom's box office performance!
"Venom" and the critically acclaimed "A Star Is Born" were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences.
This weekend we finally saw the release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom starring Tom Hardy.
A Star Is Born, whose estimates sat at US$30 million, earned US$42.6 million.
Though Venom's domestic haul is impressive, its $125.2 million earnings overseas during its opening weekend further bolsters its total opening weekend gross to $205.2 million, Variety reports. That also exceeded expectations that had the film bringing in around $30 million.