'Venom' lands the second highest-grossing superhero movie debut in China

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Venom (Credit: Sony)

It might have been roundly panned by critics, but Venom just won’t give up.

Launching over the weekend in China, it pulled in an astonishing $111 million (just over £86 million).

That puts it second only to Avengers: Infinity War in China, the second biggest movie-going market in the world.

For perspective, in the US it’s made just over $200 million so far, and that’s after being on release since the beginning of October.

The huge haul brings the movie’s grand total, worldwide, to $673 million (around $522 million).

It puts the movie in the black – having cost between $100 million and $115 million to make – meaning that a sequel will likely be in the offing.

Still, director Ruben Fleischer’s movie languishes with a 29 percent ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Many found Tom Hardy’s performance as the anti-hero Eddie Brock, who is taken over by the alien ‘symbiote’ which calls itself Venom, a tad too wacky for its own good.

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