Entertainment ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Moves Up 2 Weeks
With coronavirus rising, 'The Suicide Squad' opens softly
NEW YORK (AP) — Moviegoing, once expected to be closer to semi-normal levels by now, continues to be battered by the pandemic, the delta variant of the coronavirus and in-home streaming. The latest casualty: James Gunn's “The Suicide Squad,” a critically acclaimed, carnage-ridden would-be smash that disappointed with $26.5 million in estimated ticket sales. The Warner Bros. film, which was released simultaneously on HBO Max, could claim one pandemic record: the top R-rated opening.
Carnage will be unleashed a little early next month. Sony has moved uptwo weeks to Oct. 1, from its previous date of Oct. 15.
The move comes on the heels of the strong performance of fellow comic book film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, from Disney and Marvel Studios. That title, released exclusively in theaters this weekend,in a win for the domestic still roiled by the delta variant and competition from studios sending titles day-and-date to streaming services.
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has an alien symbiote living within him. Together, they are Venom. Woody Harrelson stars as killer Cletus Kasady, whom he played in theThis time around, Harrelson’s Kasady transforms into Carnage, a villain known as Venom’s chief antagonist in the comics. The first Venom earned $850 million globally.
Andy Serkis directs Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The Columbia Pictures film (in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures) also stars Michelle Williams, Reid Scott and Naomie Harris as the comic book villain Shriek. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal and Hutch Parker.
Tickets for the new film will go on sale Wednesday, and it will be available in 3D, Imax and premium large format screens. In August, Sony pushed back the film from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15over theater going and the delta variant.
Woman With 'Snake Plague' at Home Shares Video of Venomous Reptile's Carnage .
One TikTok user commented on the video: "close the door behind you, that's the snake's house now."Sarah Kirkman, a TikToker from Australia, says in the video that she came home to find a mess on her living room floor. She then challenged viewers to spot the culprit, zooming in on a red-bellied snake atop her TV.