To quote the Slickster of World Wrestling Federation infamy, “I told you, I told you, I told you—now didn’t I tell you?!”
I predicted that Sony would not leave the new Venom movie where they’d parked it, opening on October 15th, the same weekend as HALLOWEEN KILLS. And I was right. But exactly *when* Sony moved it to, that came as a surprise, a welcome one. VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE will now open two weeks *earlier*, on October 1st! Huzzah!
Now all the insider rumors were that Sony was going to move the new Venom film into the slot currently held down by MORBIUS, the movie that does not exist, delaying it until early next year. Instead they chose to move it *up*. So what happened? A little movie called SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, that’s what. The latter film, this past weekend, *tripled* the former box office record for movies opening on Labor Day weekend. It did incredible bank, proving that people *will* go to the movies to see the right movie, deltarona be damned. That gave Sony the confidence to set the new date for Venom. Thank you, Shang-Chi! Now if you could just get Sony to actually bother filming that Morbius movie, so that we might eventually, in a few years, get to see it, that’d be cool.