Source: Sony

Venom is going to earn more money in China than its already-impressive domestic total ($210M). The film is up to $207M in the Middle Kingdom after just its second weekend. Venom has now outperformed every superhero movie ever released in China, except Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

Sony Pictures has to be thrilled with Venom‘s worldwide total of $780.5M and counting. Venom will soon pass Spider-Man 2 ($783.8) to become the fourth highest-grossing film in the history of the Spider-Man (and Spidey-adjacent) franchise. Eventually, it should be able to top 2002’s Spider-Man ($821.7M) for third place.

Sony got the box office smash the studio was hoping for as it tries to launch its own cinematic universe. Venom is a massive hit. There’s no argument there. Now, Sony is faced with the challenge of following it up not only with a sequel but with Morbius, the next chapter in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.

At this rate, Sony may decide it no longer needs Marvel Studios to handle Spider-Man. The web-slinger’s days in the MCU could be numbered if Sony elects to put him in its own universe instead.


Avatar photoSean Gerber (@MrSeanGerber) is the Executive Editor of Superhero News. When he's not writing about superheroes and genre entertainment, you can see him talk about them as the host of the Superhero News Show on YouTube and listen to him on the Marvel Studios News podcast.