Venom sequel sets new pandemic record with its debut

    Venom’s second movie, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” raked in a whopping $90.1 million during its debut, breaking the record of blockbuster openings made during the pandemic.

    LOS ANGELES — Tom Hardy once again plays the title character in Sony Pictures’ new Venom film, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”. Separate from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe “MCU”, Sony’s Venom follows a darker take on the progression of one of the most prominent villains in the Spiderman saga, recently topping the MCU’s “Black Widow” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” in terms of box office debuts.

    Its successful debut set a new pandemic record, and more impressively, did it all by exclusively playing only in cinemas, as opposed to a hybrid streamed release like its MCU counterparts. Albeit surpassing both Black Widow and Shang-Chi, both were also released on the Disney+ streaming service the same day they were released in theaters, earning both titles more or less double their theater debut earnings.

    “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” also had a bigger opening weekend than its first movie, which opened at around $80 million.

    “We are also pleased that patience and theatrical exclusivity have been rewarded with record results. With apologies to Mr. Twain: The death of movies has been greatly exaggerated,” Tom Rothman, Sony’s chairman, said in a statement, partly referring to the numerous delays in the movie’s premiere date.

    There seems to be a little surprise by the end credits, too! Looks like the only way to find out is to watch the film—coming out in Philippine theaters this October 15th. (RF/The MiNT)

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