‘Venom’ Sequel Sets Pandemic Record For Opening Weekend

by Thomas Tuna

It was pure carnage at the domestic box office this past weekend.

VenomLet There Be Carnage–the highly touted sequel to Marvel’s 2018 horror flick–ripped a wide swath through movie theaters, as reported by cnbc.com, setting a domestic box office record for an opening weekend during the pandemic.

The Sony Pictures entry raked in a tad more than $90 million in ticket sales domestically last weekend, destroying the previous record of $80 million set by Black Widow back in July.

The sequel even topped the opening weekend of the original Venom, which earned $80.3 million when it premiered three years ago. The film also had the second-highest October opening in history–behind only 2019’s Joker, which pulled down $96.2 million during its debut.

VenomLet There Be Carnage–directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel–is set more than a year after the original, when journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is still trying to adjust to life as the host of the symbiote Venom.

The action kicks in when Brock interviews incarcerated serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) and the con bites Brock’s hand, tasting something strange. That bite leaves the killer as the host for another symbiote, Carnage. As you might expect, things go downhill quickly from there.

The Marvel Comics Venom character was introduced as a living alien costume in 1984 in The Amazing SpiderMan No252, with the blood-red Carnage making his debut in issue No. 361 of that comic in 1992.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on the big-screen success of VenomLet There Be Carnage.

 

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