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Venom Coursing In China With $79M For $100M+ Weekend Bow; Will Lash Past $600M Global Box Office Today

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SATURDAY UPDATE: Sonys Venom has its jaw firmly clamped on China, takin..

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SATURDAY UPDATE: Sonys Venom has its jaw firmly clamped on China, taking $78.6M through Saturday in the market. With Sundays results, well see a $100M+ opening, making it just the second superhero movie ever to hit the century mark during a 3-day Middle Kingdom bow, behind only Avengers: Infinity War.

China is helping to fuel Venom across the $600M global and $400M international box office thresholds through today. The estimated overseas portion is $431.6M; domestic is $204.8M and worldwide $636.4M — again, those are what were hearing through Saturday, meaning $650M global is in sight tomorrow.

The opening day Friday in China came in at $34.9M (including midnights) with todays turnstiles spinning another $43.7M. This is the second biggest Saturday for an imported film in 2018 (also behind Infinity War). In milestones, the Tom Hardy-starrer is the No. 1 debut ever for Sony in China and the top opening day for any single-character Marvel title there.

Word of mouth and audience embrace is huge with ticketing platforms Maoyan and Taopiaopiao seeing scores of 9.4 and 9.1, respectively.

While China instantly becomes the No. 1 offshore hub, Venoms top markets on the other side of the Great Wall are Russia ($32.2M), Korea ($30.2M), the UK ($26M), Mexico ($24M) and France/Brazil (tied at $18.7M).

Well have a full update on Sunday. See below for more detail.

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: On its way to thrashing past $600M global this weekend, Sonys Venom bared its fangs in China today and picked up an estimated $34.7M, including Thursday midnights. The Tom Hardy-starrers start portends a three-day bow in the $100M+ neighborhood. That would make it only the second superhero movie ever to hit the century mark on its Middle Kingdom opening weekend, behind Avengers: Infinity War (Avengers: Age Of Ultron also topped $100M in its debut, but had six days to do so back in 2015, and its FSS was $86M after a $34.7M Tuesday bow).

Thursday sneaks came in at $2.37M to give Venom the No. 4 slot on the list of all-time superhero midnights. Infinity War ($9.31M), Age Of Ultron ($4.76M) and Captain America: Civil War ($2.61M) are the Top 3.

The film, which has a sizable investment from Chinese internet behemoth Tencent — bringing in extra marketing muscle — has been strong on social with great word of mouth. Its got a 9.4 on ticketing platform Maoyan and a 7.4 on Douban. Pre-sales were a terrific $15.5M.

Hitting $100M for the FSS frame would land Venom in the Top 15 China openers ever, besting Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man And The Wasp. China will immediately become the top-grossing offshore market for Ruben Fleischers take on this Marvel property.

Through Thursday, the international box office on Venom is $352.9M with worldwide at $554.28M (not including numbers out of China). The top overseas hubs through Thursday are Russia ($32M), Korea ($30.1M), the UK ($25.8M), Mexico ($23.9M) and Brazil ($18.6M).

China is the last market to open — Japan got off to a great start last frame. The weeks ahead, however, will see an influx of Hollywood titles including Fastastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Crazy Rich Asians and Aquaman.

The movie has defied a critical bashing as audiences have licked it up, enjoying the tone and the character. Venom set a domestic and global October opening record in its early play, and on its second weekend, pushed Sony across $1B at the North American box office. Offshore, it continued to be the lead film for three weekends straight and will handily claim that spot once again this session.

Its currently the No. 10 movie of the year worldwide and should leapfrog into 7th position on Sunday, passing Ant-Man And The Wasp.

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