‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ snares highest box office opening of the pandemic era with $90.1 million haul

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  • Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” raked in an estimated $90.1 million in ticket sales domestically over the weekend, its best box office run since the Covid-19 outbreak began.
  • Marvel’s “Black Widow” was the previous record-holder after racking up $80 million during its July debt.

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Pandemic is a new king of the box office.

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Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” raked in an estimated $90.1 million in ticket sales domestically over the weekend, its best box office run since the Covid-19 outbreak began.

Marvel’s “Black Widow” was the previous record-holder after racking up $80 million during its July debt.

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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” also surpassed the first “Venom” film, which grossed $80.3 million during its opening weekend when it was released in 2018. It is the second biggest opening in cinematic history in October. According to comScore data, “Joker,” earned $96.2 million in 2019.

“We are delighted that patience and theatrical uniqueness have been rewarded with record results,” Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement on Sunday.

For most of 2021, the studio opted to make many of its new films available in theaters and on streaming platforms at the same time. These decisions were made well before vaccination rates went up and the delta version was running rampant in the US.

However, it has become clear that the dual release has led to the cannibalism of movie theater ticket sales. While some studios are still using in-theater and streaming debuts simultaneously for films, most have returned to a particular theatrical window.

Movie theater operators praised the results of the “Venom” sequel. Cinemark noted that “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” had its highest opening weekend and helped generate the biggest October box office weekend ever for the company.

“This is yet another strong example of what people want and need to step out of their homes for an immersive entertainment experience,” Cinemark CEO Mark Joradi said in a statement.

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