Box Office: 'Venom 2' & Bond Decimate Pandemic Opening Records

The Weekend's Top 3 Box Office Winners: "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" - $90.1M; "The Addams Family 2" - $18M; "Shang-Chi" - $6.04M.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Box Office - "Venom: Let There Be Carnage"

© Sony Pictures Releasing / © Marvel Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection

It was another record-shattering weekend at the box office. After a September full of milestones from Marvel and Disney's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," Sony's Marvel edition shattered pandemic-era records even further. "Venom 2" unleashed total carnage on the box office and snatched up a three-day total of $90.1M. A haul that bested the $80M record set in July from "Black Widow."

Along with breaking the pandemic-era opening record, Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" topped the 2018 original's opening by roughly 12%. The Marvel sequel also comes in as the second-best October opening weekend of all time. WB's comic book villain-led "Joker" still sits at the top with $96.2M.

Even more good news came from overseas. MGM's 25th James Bond outing, "No Time to Die," bowed with a sum of $119.1M. In the UK alone, Daniel Craig's final outing as Bond even bested the opening numbers from the previous entry, "Spectre." WB's October tentpole "Dune" has also been heating up overseas, with an international haul now topping $100M. This is very good news for exhibitors, who have been looking at a tentpole-packed October as a hopeful sign for normalcy and recovery.

© MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

© MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

MGM/United Artists' family flick "The Addams Family 2" also debuted this weekend to strong numbers. The Halloween-themed animated sequel, which debuted same-day on digital VOD, took in $18M. This is the strongest opening for a purely animated film since the start of the pandemic, proving that COVID concerns might be waning for families with children who are not yet old enough for vaccines.

WB's "Sopranos" prequel film "The Many Saints of Newark" was the third major release this weekend. The mob flick, which had a same-day debut on HBO Max, took in a soft $5M. This performance aligns with what we have been seeing lately from other mid-budget dramas, like Clint Eastwood's "Cry Macho," which targets older adults. Not helping the crime drama's performance were negative reviews, not only from critics but from longtime fans of the original series.

Disney's "Shang-Chi" and Universal's "Dear Evan Hansen" rounded out the rest of the Top Five. The MCU entry, which became the first movie to cross $200M since "Bad Boys for Life" in 2020, took in an additional $6M, placing it in third. "Dear Evan Hansen" claimed the fifth slot as it slid 67% from last week's lackluster opening. The musical only took in an additional $2.5M, putting its total haul now at $11.8M.

All signs are positive this weekend as James Bond comes stateside. MGM's "No Time to Die" is the lone wide release and is expected to add more fuel to the box office flames. It's not just climate change that's making this October feel more like summer.

Box Office Top Ten - Oct. 1-3:

  1. "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" (Sony) - $90,100,000 [NEW]
  2. "The Addams Family 2" (UAR) - $18,007,000 [NEW]
  3. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" (Disney) - $6,037,000 / Overall: $206,108,802
  4. "The Many Saints of Newark" (WB) - $5,000,000 [NEW]
  5. "Dear Evan Hansen" (Universal) - $2,450,000 / Overall: $11,799,160
  6. "Free Guy" (20th Century) - $2,278,000 / Overall: $117,627,530
  7. "Candyman" (Universal) - $1,230,000 / Overall: $58,902,560
  8. "Jungle Cruise" (Disney) $680,000 / Overall: $116,063,358
  9. "Chal Mera Putt 3" (Rhythm Boyz Ent.) - $644,000 [NEW]
  10. "The Jesus Music" (Lionsgate) - $560,250 [NEW]

Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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