No no? Just after the premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 95%, the first Marvel movie to exclusively hit theaters since the pandemic began, Sony has regained the confidence to release Venom: Carnage Freed. The Tom Hardy sequel had been moving its release date due to concerns that the virus would lead to low theatrical attendance, but Disney’s Asian hero has proven that it won’t.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has decided to anticipate the premiere of Venom: Carnage Freed For two weeks. This means that, in the United States, the film will debut on October 1. This just days after it was reported that Shang-chi it has exceeded expectations with $ 90 million at the US box office in its first three days on the billboard.
The sequel was directed by Andy Serkis and tells of the confrontation between the title character, and his friendly alien parasite, against another symbiote who has found host in a brutal serial killer with a taste for blood … as long as this is not seen on screen , since the film has opted for a PG-13 classification just for fear of seeing its potential collection reduced due to the explicitness of its violence.
Do not underestimate this decision in the same way that you do not overestimate the public’s response to the latest MCU installment. On the one hand, it is a clear demonstration that people will go to the movies, but the catch is that they seem to respond better when it comes to one of the big franchises. But even in those cases, it remains to be seen if the second weekend is just as optimistic.
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The thing is, even with the success of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95%, we will have to be aware of what happens with Venom 2. Why? Not only because of the way in which the health situation develops, whether or not the cases increase, but because it will depend on its box office whether the studios decide or not to continue with exclusive releases for cinemas towards the December dates, for when we can wait for other more anticipated films.
For fans of both sagas, maybe you already have it in mind: yes Venom: Carnage Freed fails to meet Sony’s expectations, it is very likely that this will have consequences with Spider-Man: No Road Home, since it is that studio that distributes the film despite being a co-production with Marvel. So if they want to finally have the Spider-verse in live-action, they will have to go see Hardy’s movie. And if that happens, remember also that last year saw a third wave, almost everywhere in the world, since mid-December. So nothing is certain yet.
There will be other indicators between these two premieres. For example, No Time to Die and Eternals, which will arrive between September, October (in some parts of the world for the Bond film) and November. Similarly, Warner will continue to play hybrid pitches with Dune – 80%. So stay tuned for the box office in the weeks ahead, because the future of exclusive theatrical releases remains in jeopardy.
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