“Venom” Breaks Box Office Records In China

“Venom” Is Winning With Chinese Box Office “Venom” continued its worldwide box-office domination over the weekend in China, where it opened to a huge $102 million. That’s the third-biggest...

“Venom” Is Winning With Chinese Box Office

“Venom” continued its worldwide box-office domination over the weekend in China, where it opened to a huge $102 million. That’s the third-biggest opening ever for a superhero movie there after “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opened to $191 million, and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

It was IMAX’s biggest opening in the region, as well, with $10 million of the movie’s China box office coming from IMAX screens.

This has put the box office for “Venom” total worldwide gross at $673 million, which means it could top $700 million globally now that Chinese audiences are responding well to the movie. The movie’s production budget was $100 million, and its earnings are even more impressive considering the film’s lackluster 29% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.

Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian told various media outlets: “It seems that the disconnect between critics and audiences has taken on an international flair with audiences around the world and most recently China giving ‘Venom’ a resounding thumbs up in the face of mixed reviews at best for the film.”

“Venom” has exceeded all expectations and has rejuvenated Sony’s “Spider-Man” plans after they looked dead in the water just a few years ago. Now, a “Venom” sequel is more than likely, and Sony can go all in on its other planned spin-offs.

Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock told local news that he believes the success of “Venom” in China comes down to the country’s interest in monster movies. He said: “Monster movies are bonafide box office gold in China, and ‘Venom’ is about as monstrous as it gets in the superhero universe.”

Dergarabedian continued: “The film’s unique style, Marvel branding, and, above all, Tom Hardy as the anti-hero at the heart of the story [are] proving to be an irresistible combination.”

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