How Much Venom 2 Cost To Make (& How Much To Be A Box Office Success)

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How Much Venom 2 Cost To Make (& How Much To Be A Box Office Success)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is releasing, so we take a look at how much the sequel cost to make and analyze its box office prospects.

Here’s how much Venom: Let There Be Carnage cost to make, and what it needs to earn to be considered a box office success. After Sony struck a deal with Disney to allow Spider-Man to become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio began their own series starring Spider-Man related characters. In 2018, Sony released Venom, starring Tom Hardy in the lead role. Though the film was hardly a critical darling, Venom was a massive box office hit, grossing $856 million worldwide. That performance paved the way for Sony to give the sequel a green light.

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage is one of the most-anticipated movies of the fall, finally sticking to a date after being delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Encouraged by Shang-Chi’s box office performance, Sony actually moved Venom: Let There Be Carnage up on the calendar, hoping to take advantage of a box office resurgence. However, with new cases continuing to be an issue due to the Delta variant, many are curious to see how new releases will fare in theaters. Sony clearly has a lot invested in Venom 2, and they’re hoping it can be a success.

As of this writing, no Venom: Let There Be Carnage budget figure has been reported. Looking at the previous film could provide a ballpark estimate until an official number comes out. Venom cost between $100-116 million to make, which is actually fairly low for a comic book adaptation. It stands reason to believe Let There Be Carnage cost a similar amount. Considering the success of its predecessor, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sony approved a bigger budget. It’s possible Venom: Let There Be Carnage cost around $150 million to produce. We will update this post when more information becomes available.

Going by the general rule of thumb, a movie’s break even point is its production budget doubled. With this in mind, Venom: Let There Be Carnage would probably have to gross something in the $300 million range to recoup its costs. In pre-pandemic times, this wouldn’t be an issue, as the first Venom was a massive hit that broke October box office records. Nowadays, it’s a little trickier to accurately predict how things will turn out. Even for titles that are finding success commercially, the numbers are a fraction of what they would be in 2019, but there are encouraging signs. Shang-Chi is the benchmark for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, with a worldwide gross to date of $363.3 million. Free Guy also cleared the $300 million mark globally, as did Black Widow, so that figure is certainly attainable for Let There Be Carnage.

What helps Sony in this situation is Venom: Let There Be Carnage wasn’t outrageously expensive to make, which makes it easier to turn a solid profit. At a time when box office grosses aren’t necessarily a sure thing, cheaper budgets are the smart route to go. Obviously, nobody at Sony knew how drastically the world would change when Venom: Let There Be Carnage was initially greenlit, but even with Delta variant concerns, they should be in solid shape. It will be interesting to see how Venom: Let There Be Carnage fares longterm since it will face competition from No Time to Die early in its run, so hopefully it gets off to a strong start.

Chris Agar is a news editor for Screen Rant, also writing features and movie reviews for the site as one of Screen Rant’s Rotten Tomatoes approved critics. He is a graduate of Wesley College’s Bachelor of Media Arts and Master of Sport Leadership programs. In 2013, Chris was hired to write weekly box office prediction posts in conjunction with the Screen Rant Underground podcast’s Box Office Battle game and his role expanded over the next few years. In addition to covering the latest news and hottest movie topics daily, Chris has attended numerous media events for Screen Rant, including San Diego Comic-Con, delivering content his readers care about. He credits Star Wars and Toy Story with launching a lifelong fascination with movies that led to his career, and now he has a wide range of cinematic tastes, enjoying the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Oscar contenders, and everything in between. Chris’ favorite film genres include sci-fi/fantasy, crime, action, and drama.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is one of the most-anticipated movies of the fall, finally sticking to a date after being delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Encouraged by Shang-Chi’s box office performance, Sony actually moved Venom: Let There Be Carnage up on the calendar, hoping to take advantage of a box office resurgence. However, with new cases continuing to be an issue due to the Delta variant, many are curious to see how new releases will fare in theaters. Sony clearly has a lot invested in Venom 2, and they’re hoping it can be a success.

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