Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Box Office Wakes Up with Wild $37 Million Opening Shot from Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”


Sony Pictures is opening Champagne this morning.

Andy Serkis’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” swamped the box office with Thursday previews and a Friday opening. The total is $37 million. The “Spider Man” adjacent sequel to the first “Venom” is bringing audiences into theaters like it’s the pre-pandemic days. Hallelujah!

Considering what it is, “Carnage” has a 59 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which ain’t bad. Critics aren’t impressed, but the audience is getting what it wants. Plus you’ve got a quality cast with Tom Hardy. Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, and Woody Harrelson.

“Carnage” is also a good omen for “Spider Man: No Way Home,” coming December 17th. For Sony, combining with Marvel on these movies is a gift from the heavens.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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