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‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Screams $11.6M On Thursday; 2nd Best Preview Night Of The Pandemic.

Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage rang up a great $11.6M Thursday night time from showtimes that started at 4PM the day prior to this at 3,500 theaters. That’s the second one first-class we’ve visible throughout the pandemic after Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow which grossed $13.2M on Thursday night time from indicates that started at 5PM (sans Disney+ Premier for the night time). Even higher news: That preview haul is better than that of the 2018 film which did $10M off showtimes that started at 5PM. Venom went directly to do a $32.5M first day and $80.2M establishing weekend, that is the second one first-class ever for the month of October. Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings follows in rating amongst huge pandemic Thursday nights with $8.8M from showtimes at 6 p.m., after which Universal’s F9 which did $7.1M off 7PM showtimes.

We had previously heard that the first day advance ticket sales for Andy Serkis-directed movie were quite potent. The current Rotten Tomatoes’ review rating for Venom 2 is at 58% Rotten, which is higher than the 2018’s first installment of 30% Rotten. We’ll see how audience exits settle. They’re always high with fans on Thursday night and even out by tonight. Fans at an AMC Universal Citywalk screening Monday night went bonkers for the Tom Hardy sequel.

Sony has told the media that they’re comping the sequel to A Quiet Place Part II which did $47.5M over its 3 days of Memorial Day weekend, however, other tracking services and even major exhibitors’ own internal projections have Venom 2 over $60M. Venom 2 is already far ahead of A Quiet Place 2 with its preview night making 2.4x more than that horror film which did $4.8M.

MGM/United Artists Releasing/Bron Creative’s The Addams Family 2 held previews that began at 4pm. The pic is booked at 4,207 locations and available for a 48-hour rental on PVOD for $19.99. The pic is expected to gross in the high teens over three days. The first movie back in 2019, also directed by Conrad Vernon and which was on a theatrical window, opened to $30.3M. We hear that Addams Family 2 did $550K last night from roughly 2,500 theaters.

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