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.