Over this past Thanksgiving weekend, Venom continued its impressive box office dominance overseas by earning an additional $21.3 million from the foreign box office, putting its current worldwide box office total at $822.5 million. The runaway success makes the superhero spinoff a surprise hit for Sony, with the film overcoming lackluster reviews (it currently holds a critics' score of 29 percent on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes) and lacking any overt connections to Spider-Man, the property from which it initially spun off.
Despite this, the film has already outperformed every single film in Fox's X-Men franchise, including 2016's Deadpool, and its holiday weekend earnings have placed it over last year's Wonder Woman, the second only to 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as the highest earning film in the DCEU. But how does Venom compare to the superhero he's traditionally compared to the most, Spider-Man?
Sony's first superhero franchise launched in 2002 with the Sam Raimi-helmed first film, earning $821.7 million worldwide and effectively catapulting Marvel Comics adaptations into the Hollywood mainstream. While Venom has already out-earned the first Spider-Man film with its $822 million box office haul, it hasn't surpassed the 2002 movie after adjusting for inflation.
After adjusting for increased ticket prices, the 2002 film earned over $635 million domestically, with even more earned overseas, putting the film at over $1 billion at the worldwide box office in 2018 ticket prices. Similarly, 2004's Spider-Man 2 earned just over $1 billion with a combined global box office after adjusting for inflation. Unadjusted, the film earned $783.8 million worldwide, falling short of both its 2002 predecessor and Venom's current box office take.
Even without adjusting for inflation, the highest-earning Spider-Man film remains 2007's Spider-Man 3, which earned $890.9 million. After revising the total to reflect 2018 ticket prices, the 2007 sequel stands as one of the highest-earning superhero films of all time, having a worldwide box office total well over $1 billion and rivaling several of the MCU's most successful films, save for this year's Avengers: Infinity War with its $2 billion box office haul.