`Venom' Sets Pandemic-Era Record With $90 Million Opening


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – “Venom: Let There be Carnage” scored the highest opening weekend of the pandemic era, grossing $90.1 million at North American theaters, according to industry estimates released today.

The sequel to 2018's comic-book saga starring Tom Hardy surpassed the $80 million made by Marvel's “Black Widow” in July. Unlike that film, which was also made available for an added fee on the Disney+ streaming service, “Venom” is playing exclusively in theaters.

“Addams Family 2” opened in second place with $18 million Friday through Sunday, Comscore reported.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” was third with $6 million, running its five-week total $206 million, and $386.9 million worldwide.

“The Many Saints of Newark” was fourth, opening with $5 million. It was a disappointing total for the prequel to HBO's “The Sopranos,” which is also available for home viewing on HBO Max.

“Dear Evan Hansen” was in fifth place with $2.45 million in its second weekend in theaters.

Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Free Guy” ($2.2 million), “Candyman” ($1.2 million), “Jungle Cruise” ($680,000), “The Jesus Music” ($560,000) and “Titane” ($515,000).


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