Tom Hardy stars in Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”.
There’s a new king of the pandemic box office.
Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage grossed an estimated $ 90.1 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend, the best box office since the Covid-19 outbreak began.
Marvel’s “Black Widow” was the previous record holder after looted $ 80 million while in debt in July.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” also topped the first “Venom” film, which grossed $ 80.3 million on the 2018 opening weekend. It is also the second highest October opening in film history, right behind “Joker”, which brought in $ 96.2 million in 2019, according to Comscore.
“We … are pleased that patience and theater exclusivity have been rewarded with record results,” said Tom Rothman, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, in a statement on Sunday.
For much of 2021, the studios decided to have many of their new films available in cinemas and on streaming platforms at the same time. These decisions were made long before vaccination rates went up and before the Delta variant was widespread in the United States
However, it turns out that the double release has resulted in cannibalization of movie ticket sales. While some studios are still taking advantage of the simultaneous in-theater and streaming debuts for movies, most have returned to an exclusive cinema window.
Cinema operators praised the results of the “Venom” sequel. Cinemark noted that “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” was the grand opening weekend and helped generate the largest movie weekend in October for the company to date.
“This is another strong example of people wanting and needing to leave their homes for an immersive entertainment experience,” said Mark Zoradi, CEO of Cinemark, in a statement.
IMAX also experienced its largest global box-office weekend since December 2019 and recorded its best October weekend ever, the company announced on Sunday.