“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Scores Biggest Pandemic Opening

Tom Hardy in
Tom Hardy in "Venom: Let There Be Carnage"

Venom: Let There Be Carnage was a long time coming, and moviegoers couldn’t wait to see it on the big screen. This superhero flick exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations and set the new record for the best domestic opening at the box office with $90.1 million.

This highly-anticipated sequel sees Tom Hardy returning to his role from the first movie, but he now has to face a new dangerous threat. He must defeat serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who manages to escape prison after becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage was originally set to be released on October 2nd, 2020 but it was delayed on several occasions due to the pandemic shutdowns. Instead of relying on a “day-and-date” release model, made popular by Disney+ and HBO Max, Sony fully embraced the theatrical strategy and their patience eventually paid off.

“We are so grateful to Tom, [director] Andy [Serkis], [screenwriter] Kelly [Marcel], and all of the many gifted contributors who made such a unique and fun film. We are also pleased that patience and theatrical exclusivity have been rewarded with record results,” Tom Rothman, CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in an official statement.