With those two major openings helped out by other films, this was "easily the best October (box-office) weekend ever", the Associated Press reported.
Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
"Venom" also dominated at the global box office with $125.2 million, setting an worldwide record for an October opening.
We already know about the majesty of "Shallow", but another secret strong record from the movie is "Look What I Found", the bouncy ballad sung between the characters of Jackson Maine and Ally, played by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Considering it was directly competing with A Star Is Born, which also took more than $40m, that's pretty damn impressive.
Venom earned $80 million domestic, which is well past Deadline's projected $65 million estimate.
Venom has finally got his own movie and though it doesn't feature the cameo from Tom Holland's wall-crawler that we were all hoping for, it's still stuffed full of references to the sinister symbiote's history in the pages of Spider-Man comics.
A Star Is Born, which also stars Lady Gaga, made £900,000 from previews as well, putting it overall at £4 million in this country so far - £100,000 behind Johnny English 3.
Third place went to Warner Bros.'s "Smallfoot", with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend.