Venom 2 Passes Black Widow At U.S. Box Office | Screen Rant

Venom: Let There Be Carnage officially passes Marvel Studios' Black Widow at the U.S. box office. Thanks to multiple delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 includes an abundance of superhero movies. Marvel Studios ended the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie drought in July with Black Widow's release, which was quickly followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in September. Venom: Let There Be Carnage was the most recent Marvel movie to hit theaters, although the sequel comes from Sony Pictures.

The return of superhero movies has been a big benefit for the box office, which is still on the rise after its COVID-19 collapse. Venom: Let There Be Carnage proved to be one of the bigger success stories almost immediately after it was released. The Tom Hardy-led sequel had the biggest opening weekend since the end of 2019, as it made more than $90 million domestically during its first three days. Venom: Let There Be Carnage has continued to perform well ever since, including overseas, and is another big win for Sony.

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After being in theaters for just under one month, Venom: Let There Be Carnage passed Black Widow's domestic box office total already. Andy Serkis' movie currently has earned $184.1M in the U.S. according to Forbes, which is just enough to surpass Black Widow's $183.7M total. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now the second-highest-grossing movie of 2021 domestically, just behind Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' $221.5M. Overall, the sequel has earned more than $350M for Sony worldwide.

Even though Venom: Let There Be Carnage won't come close to making as much as the original, the sequel has performed incredibly well. Passing Black Widow's domestic total is another sign of this, even though the financials of Scarlett Johansson's solo film are a bit more complex. The MCU movie was released in theaters and on Disney+ via Premier Access simultaneously. The official box office figures for Black Widow might say it had an $80M opening weekend and earned just over $180M in the U.S. overall, but the $29.99 price tag for Premier Access means it has made much more for Disney. The last reported estimate for Black Widow was that its box office and Disney+ combined haul was near $500M.

Despite their different release strategies, it is still surprising to see Venom: Let There Be Carnage earn more than Black Widow at the box office. This is great news for Sony and its plans to continue growing its Spider-Man universe. There are already plans for Morbius and Kraven the Hunter movies in 2022 and 2023, and Sony recently dated two more mystery 2023 films. It won't be a surprise if one of those new movies is a Venom: Let There Be Carnage followup, either as Venom 3 or a crossover/team-up with Tom Holland's Spider-Man.

More: Is Venom 2's Spider-Man Footage New? Did Tom Holland Film New Scenes?

Source: Forbes

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