Venom and Carnage Tear Apart the Weekend Box Office
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was a beast of a film opening with $90.1 million, the best domestic debut for a film this year. The opening shows good things for the franchise and the original film was not a fluke. That movie opened with $80.3 million in 2018 and went on to gross $856.1 million. That has the sequel out-performing the original even during the pandemic, an impressive debut. It should also have Sony excited that they’re heading in the right direction for their Spider-Man franchises and bodes well for the next film to release.
The film also debuted internationally where it grossed $13.8 million for a total of $103.9 million worldwide. We’ll see how the film holds up next weekend when it faces some competition.
Internationally, the winner for the weekend was No Time to Die, the latest James Bond film. Opening domestically next weekend, the film earned $119.1 million in its first weekend at the international box office.
The Addams Family 2 debuted in second place with a little over $18 million. No international number was released. The first film opened with $30.3 million in 2019. But, without major kids competition, the film should do well this Halloween season.
In third place was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film dropped from last weekend’s first place once real competition entered the ring. The film grossed an estimated $6 million to bring its domestic total to $206.1 million. That makes it the top grossing domestic film of the year. The film also earned about $13.9 million over the week to bring its international total to $180.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $386.9 million where it has now moved into fifth place for the year.
The fourth place belonged to The Many Saints of Newark. The film also debuted on HBO Max and the word of mouth is generally not good. The Sopranos prequel earned an estimated $5 million domestically and $2.3 million internationally. With just $7.3 million, availability on HBO Max, and bad word of mouth, expect this one to see a quick death at the box office.
Rounding out the top five was Dear Evan Hanson which was second last weekend. The film grossed an estimated $2.5 million to bring that to $11.8 million. The film has not returned and international figures.
In comic films…
Black Widow came in at #16 with an estimated $26,000. Domestically, the film has grossed a little over $183.6 million. The international total has moved adding about $400,00 million over the week where it now stands at $195.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $378.8 million.
Old was #17 with an estimated $25,000. Domestically, the film has grossed just under $48.2 million. Internationally, the film stood at $41.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $90.1 million.
The Suicide Squad didn’t show up on the weekend chart but the film looks like it made about $200,000 over the week. Domestically, the film has grossed $55.8 million. The film added about $700,000 to its international gross bringing that to $111.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $167.4 million.
Initial numbers have 51 films earning $129,053,489 from 32,029 theaters. That’s almost $100 million more than last weekend’s 51 films which earned $38,699,520 from 34,852 theaters. The average earning was $4,029.27 this past weekend, a massive increase from the previous weekend’s $1,110.40.