Massive Opening Day In China Means ‘Venom’ Could Earn More Worldwide Than Most Of Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ Films

The Playlist | 11/9/2018 | Charles Barfield
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“Venom” is entering its second full month of being in theaters around the world. Even after the already-impressive domestic and international box office grosses, the best could be yet to come. You see, this weekend marks the debut of the Sony superhero film in China, and if the first day is any indication, “Venom” could go from being a nice hit to one of the biggest superhero films the studio has ever released.

Deadline is reporting that Sony’s film pulled in an incredible $34.7 million in its first full day of release in China. Analysts predict that the Sony film starring Tom Hardy could earn more than $100 million in its first three days in the Middle Kingdom. If that number sticks, “Venom” would be only the second superhero film to earn over $100 million in its first three days behind “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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So what would a $100+ million opening in China mean for the ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off film? Well, through Thursday, the worldwide total for “Venom” sits at just over $554 million worldwide (again, not including anything from China). Add $100 million to that number, combined with the weekend grosses domestically and in other countries around the world, and you’re looking at the outside chance that the movie sits close to $700 million at the end of the weekend. That total, combined with the future earnings in China, means the Sony property enters some rarified air.

“Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which was poised to be a massive hit and kick-start the expanded Spider-Man cinematic universe, pulled in $709 million worldwide in...
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