Sony's Venom is celebrating success as it passes Warner Bros.' Justice League at the worldwide box office.
The first film in the studio's long-planned "Spider-Verse," featuring ancillary Spider-Man characters like Black Cat and Morbius, director Ruben Fleischer's Venom received mixed reviews but has nevertheless emerged as a commercial success, cemented by a record-breaking opening in China.
According to Box Office Mojo, Venom just crossed $673.5 million globally, surpassing Justice League's $657.9 million total.
Although Justice League's $229 million domestic total so far edges out Venom's $206 million, the symbiote showstopper has seen a huge international boost from the Chinese market, placing it on track to reach $700 million before the end of its run.
Venom and Justice League proved divisive with critics and audiences, but there's no arguing with the financial success of the Sony film. It's also important to take into account the budget of both movies. Thanks to an all-star cast of Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, as well as extensive reshoots, Justice League had an eye-watering production budget of $300 million. With Venom's $100 million production costs, Sony is to be happy with the results.
Venom may have had its troubles, but the movie's record-breaking success makes the chances of a sequel look even more positive. Those who've watched the movie will know how Venom's mid-credits scene neatly set up Woody Harrelson's role as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage.
Sony's so-called Spider-Verse is off to a flying start as the studio turns its attention to Morbius the Living Vampire. Silver & Black may be on hold indefinitely, but with hopes of a Venom sequel, Morbius and even Spider-Man appearing in a Kraven the Hunter standalone, the Spider-Verse is just getting started. Whether everything can be as big a hit as Venom remains to be seen, but there's no arguing with the statistics.
In theaters now, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio and Michelle Lee.