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That rumor, however, reflected a growing trepidation among studios after the end of the summer proved to be a lackluster time for movie theaters with The Suicide Squad flopping at the box office, and Disney’s own Jungle Cruise and Black Widow at least disappointing in their own theatrical runs. Of course all of those movies shared one other thing in common: being available online the same day they premiered in theaters, which meant they also instantly became available for HD piracy. But despite growing concerns about how the Delta variant is ripping through the U.S., particularly in states with higher unvaccinated populations, it seems many Americans, and for that matter global audiences, are ready to return to cinemas en masse.

Venom’s success is also an interesting win since the movie, which features Hardy’s lovable goofball performance as Eddie Brock/the alien goo in his brain, was met with a more divided critical reception than other recent  superhero movies Shang-Chi and Black Widow. Sitting just on that nether region between “fresh” and “rotten” on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, Venom 2 has a current RT score of 59 percent. Notably though, its audience score is a much more enthusiastic 86 percent. CinemaScore, which more scientifically surveys audience perceptions, also has pegged the film’s word of mouth at a respectable “B+.”

Given Venom: Let There Be Carnage ends on a massive cliffhanger for comic book movie fans, its success guarantees more Eddie and Venom action in the years (or months?) to come. It also sets the stage for other blockbusters with exclusive theatrical windows to really push the COVID era records higher this month.

For instance, the long anticipated James Bond movie, No Time to Die, has yet to open in North America. The film, which marks Daniel Craig’s swan song as 007, has years of built-up hype after Bond turned out to be one of the first movies to be delayed in 2020 due to the pandemic. And with the film already opening in UK and several other international markets, No Time to Die has already grossed $119.1 million in four days. The hype is real for this one, and many will be looking very closely to see if Bond could become the first film in nearly two years to gross over $100 million when it premieres in North America next weekend… quite the turn around from folks speculating Hollywood would abandon the fall just a few months ago.

Source: Den of Geek

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