The much darker follow-up to “Venom” comes from Sony Pictures and is distinct from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, which recently delivered “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Black Widow” – the two most popular films. highest grossing year at the national box office. If its first three days in theaters are any indication, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” appears to end up among that group as the biggest earners of 2021. The film is only shown in theaters as opposed to a release. hybrid on demand, a factor that should drive ticket sales.
“We are also delighted that patience and theatrical exclusivity have been rewarded with record results,” Sony President Tom Rothman said in a press release. “With apologies to Mr. Twain: The death of films has been greatly exaggerated. “
The supervillain sequel, starring Tom Hardy as deadly protector from another world, has surpassed the pandemic era benchmark set last July by “Black Widow,” which opened at $ 80 million. in cinemas. It grossed an additional $ 60 million on Disney Plus, where it was available for purchase on the same day it debuted in theaters.
“Young adult audiences are less discouraged by the current pandemic conditions than older and family moviegoers, which benefits superhero, action and horror films,” says David A. Gross, who heads the company. film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. He adds: “For these films, playing exclusively on the big screen is clearly an advantage. “
Making the inaugural ticket sale for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” even more impressive: it had a bigger opening weekend than its predecessor, “Venom” of 2018. The first comic book adventure with Hardy in the bar opened to $ 80 million, years before the devastating global health crisis. Despite terrible reviews, the original became a box office juggernaut, grossing $ 213 million in North America and $ 856 million globally. “Venom” was especially huge in China, where the 2018 film raised $ 269 million.
The sequel does not yet have a release date in China, a market that will be crucial to its success. Although scheduled to open there, the country has turned down “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” and other major Hollywood titles.
“Venom: Let There be Carnage” wasn’t the only new film to bring some life to the box office. MGM’s animated adventure “The Addams Family 2” grossed $ 18 million better than expected in 4,207 theaters while simultaneously available to rent on demand.
Meanwhile, the Warner Bros. “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel to “The Sopranos,” failed to debut, grossing $ 5 million on 3,181 sites. Like the studio’s entire 2021 roster, the film opened simultaneously on HBO Max at no additional cost to subscribers. “The Many Saints of Newark” cost $ 50 million to produce and will lose millions at the box office. Audiences rejected the film, scoring a dismal “C +” CinemaScore, indicating that it will likely not stay in theaters during a competitive fall season, which will see the release of “No Time to Die” (October 8). ), “Halloween Kills” (October 15) and “Dune” (October 22).
“The Many Saints of Newark” came in fourth, behind “Shang-Chi” in its fifth weekend release. The Marvel movie, starring Canadian actor Simu Liu as the main hero, raised $ 6 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $ 206 million. It is the first and so far the only film from the pandemic era to gross more than $ 200 million in the United States and Canada. The Superhero Tent Pole grossed $ 386 million worldwide, which is far lower than what a Marvel movie would do in non-COVID times, but ranks among the top payouts at a time when attendance has not nearly reached pre-pandemic levels.