VENOM 2 Eats Up Pandemic Box Office With Record $90.1M Debut
It’s a little hard to write this article, since as a high-risk disabled person it is not currently safe for me to see this movie in theaters myself (and I LOVE VENOM), but Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage has earned more than $90.1 million during its opening weekend, debuting with the second biggest opening weekend since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic first shut down movie theaters in March 2020 – or rather I should say: the best opening during the pandemic so far, because let’s be real, we still have Marvel Studios’ Eternals premiering later in the fall.
The news was first shared by Deadline on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.
According to the original article, the movie was already heading towards the honor of being the fourth-best October domestic opening with $71.3 million earned, per Sony. Some Saturday estimates guessed that the movie would only earn as much as $81.3 million, bumping it up to the second-best of the month (but still behind 2019’s Joker, which opened to $96.2 million), and well, Marvel Blog True Believers, Venom 2, blew all of those projections out of the water…
Instead, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage opened to $90.1 million at the domestic box office, making it the first sequel during the pandemic to out earn its first film.
In fact, Friday was the second biggest earning day of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (so far), earning $37.3 million and coming in just shy of the biggest earning day of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (so far), Black Widow, which earned $39.5 million on its opening day.
Meanwhile, the animated The Addams Family 2, which is available in both theaters and streaming at home, had an opening Friday of $5.5 million and a weekend box office of $15.3 million, earning it a ranking of second place this weekend.
Thus, for the first time during this public health crisis, domestic box office revenues came in less than 15 percent behind the comparable weekend in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and in large part, it’s thanks to the debut of Venom 2.
This weekend’s box office numbers show that people are also spending more money on tickets too, and not because they want an upgraded experience as THR supposits, but because IMAX and other premium theaters offer more safety and social distancing options for people at risk.
Let There Be Box Office
Were you one of the audience members that braved the theaters to go see Venom 2? If so, was this your first time back in a theater since March 2020, or did you previously go see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Black Widow?
We’re waiting to hear from you, Marvel Blog True Believers! Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section.