‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Courses Through Russia With Top Opening Day Of Pandemic, Best-Ever For Sony

Russia was ultimately the second best overall offshore market on the first Venom at $32.6M after China’s $269.1M, both at historical rates.
After, it’s France on October 20; Germany and the Netherlands on October 21; Australia on November 25 and Japan on December 3. Continued release of this Andy Serkis-directed Venom begins on October 6 in Mexico and Brazil on October 7. Following that, Belgium, Korea, Italy, Spain, the UK and Middle East go the next week.
The 2018 Venom finaled at $642.6M at the international box office and $856.1M globally.” />
With a $3.04M day one on Thursday, the Tom Hardy-starrer bested the previous film’s $2.97M in the market, making it Sony’s best-ever Russia launch day and the biggest opening day for all movies during the pandemic era there. While it was busy ringing in the second best previews night of the pandemic era domestically, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage set a new record for the Culver City studio in Russia on Thursday.
Domestically, as Anthony reported earlier, Venom: Let There Be Carnage did a great $11.6M Thursday night from showtimes that began at 4PM across 3,500 theaters. That’s the second best during the pandemic after Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow. It’s also higher than the $10M the first Venom did in 2018 from showtimes that began at 5PM.
Theater capacity in Russia varies by region; in Moscow, cinemas are capped at 50%. Venom 2 is the only major title to release in Russia this weekend — James Bond pic No Time To Die travels there next Thursday, October 7, and Dune (which has been having a great ride in Russia) is in its third frame.

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