Venom passes $800 million worldwide, bears down on biggest Spider-Man movies
Presented by: Don Kaye
Venom is the alien symbiote that keeps on absorbing moviegoers' money at the box office.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures' live-action Spider-Verse offshoot scarfed up another $21.3 million this weekend in overseas markets to shoot past the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it the fifth biggest film of the year globally.
Venom ends the past week with $822.5 million in its coffers, including $211.7 million in North America (where it has fallen out of the Top 10 and is now winding down its run) and $610.8 million internationally, including a sizzling $242.9 million in China alone.
That has allowed the big fanged ball of black goo to smash its way to Number Two on the list of highest-grossing superhero origin movies, second only behind Black Panther. Venom has now left the cinematic origin stories for Wonder Woman, Deadpool and Guardians Of The Galaxy all behind.
And as we reported two weeks ago, the Tom Hardy-starring flick is mowing down the rest of the Spider-Man franchise as well. Venom has now blown past 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man ($758 million) and 2004's Spider-Man 2 ($784 million) and is just about tied with 2002's original Spider-Man ($822 million).
With the movie still doing brisk business in China and other countries, it will pass Spider-Man this week and only has last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880 million) and 2007's Spider-Man 3 ($891 million) in front of it.
Could Venom actually become the highest-grossing Spidey-related movie of all time in the next few weeks? Well, in the end it might not get past Spider-Man 3, but it's almost certainly going to be a photo finish for second place. Just wait until the sequel shows up two years from now...