This was the strongest box office weekend of the pandemic so far.
Director Andy Serkis’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage defied even the most extravagant projections to make $90.1 million in its opening weekend. That’s huge enough to make it the largest haul of the pandemic and extract a salty statement from Sony chairman Tom Rothman, who said, “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.”
Remember, just a few weeks ago Venom 2 was expected to open with around $40 million. Opening day figures pushed Sony’s projections to around the $70 million-mark, but word around the industry was that the film could challenge the original Venom’s $80.2 million opening weekend haul from 2018. The $90 million opening is the second-best for October, behind Joker’s $96.2 million debut in 2019, and ahead of Black Widow’s now second-biggest pandemic haul of $80.8 million in its first three days.