Holy shit. While Venom has been cleaning up at the box office since its early October release, Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff is just now opening in China. One of the biggest markets in the world, Deadline is reporting that the film opened to $34.7M and is targeting a $100M+ opening weekend. This would put the Marvel comic adaptation past $600M and close to $650M, making my $700M prediction/target in sight.
This is impressive for a critically panned film that cost a whopping $100M to produce. No matter, the studio’s big gamble has paid off as the film is a monstrous hit and has officially launched Sony’s darker cinematic universe that continues with the Jared Leto-starring Morbius. There will also be a Venom sequel that will star Woody Harrelson as Carnage.
In the film, “One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined – where does Eddie end and Venom begin?”