Venom, Sony's first Spider-Verse film, finally debuted in China this weekend, where it dominated the box office.
The Tom Hardy-led film managed to surpass initial expectations and earn an astounding $111 million over its opening weekend. That marks the second biggest opening for a superhero film in China ever, behind only Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War. Adding in the $111 million from China, Venom is now sitting at $673.5 million globally.
The popular anti-hero film opened to $34.2 million on its first day of wide release, with $2.5 million of that taken from Thursday previews. This put it above the previous opening-day record holder for a solo superhero film: 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Given the film's massive opening, it seems likely Venom will surpass $700 million worldwide in the coming weeks.
Venom's opening in China also puts its global total past that of Justice League, which earned almost $658 million worldwide.
It's an impressive feat for a film that saw plenty of fan backlash when it was first announced. It's also a show of strength for Sony and its Spider-Man-less Spider-Verse, meaning it's doubtful we'll see Marvel Studios reacquire the Spider-Man license anytime soon. Although it remains to be seen what Spider-Man's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be beyond the previously announced Spider-Man trilogy, one thing is for certain: Sony's risk with Venom is certainly paying off.
Directed by Ruben Fletcher, 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. The film is in theaters now.