Well, how about that. A Marvel movie might have single-handedly saved the remaining movies of the fall 2021 slate. After a huge success for both Disney and Marvel studios regarding the box-office of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which amassed $90 million during the four-day holiday weekend, beating a fourteen-year-old pre-pandemic record, held by Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Sony Pictures has moved UP its release of their hotly anticipated Venom: Let There Be Carnage from October 15th to October 1st, allowing some room to breathe between next month’s major releases from No Time to Die to Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune. Sony is so confident about their movie that tickets for the film will be on sale Wednesday, available to purchase for 3D & IMAX showings as well.
This is not only great news that demonstrated the viability of a theatrical-exclusive experience, after a rather hectic August at the movies with films barely holding on due to the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and hybrid options being made available, but it will hopefully instill confidence in other studios who were prepared to delay many of their major releases to 2022. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case anymore, and, who knows, maybe more studios will follow suit and backtrack on their decisions to delay films and move them up in the fall schedule, if Venom or No Time to Die do well next month.
Source: Sony Pictures