By Stephen Ippolito | October 3rd, 2021
Earlier today, it was announced that Venom: Let There Be Carnage set a pandemic era record by earning $90.1M at the domestic box office during its three-day opening weekend.
The previous record was held by Black Widow, which brought in $80.3M when it debuted In July. While Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings only brought in $75.5M during its first three days, it did bring in $94.7M over the four-day holiday weekend when it was released (Sept. 3-6).
The $90.1M gives Venom: Let There Be Carnage the second-biggest opening for a film ever in October (Joker earned $96M in 2019). It’s also $10M more than the first Venom film earned in 2018.
Shang-Chi, which had topped the box office the previous four weekends, managed to bring in $5.8M during its fifth weekend. On Friday, the Marvel Studios produced film became the first movie in the pandemically era to cross the $200M mark domestically. The film now sits at $205.9M in North America and $386M worldwide.
With both Venom and Shang-Chi exceeding expectations at the box office, it now seems highly unlikely that Sony will push Spider-Man: No Way Home back from it’s December 17th release date. Given what happened in the mid-credit scene of Venom, I’m sure a lot of people can’t wait to see it.