'Venom' just passed 'Wonder Woman' at the worldwide box office — and there's a particular reason it's continued to dominate

Sony‘Venom’ (2018)
  • “Venom” has officially surpassed “Wonder Woman” at the worldwide box office.
  • A major reason is China, where “Venom” has made $US205 million compared to $US90 million for “Wonder Woman.”
  • “Venom” has also topped other popular superhero movies, like “Spider-Man” and “Deadpool.”

“Venom” continues to shock Hollywood at the box office.

Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off continued its dominance over the weekend, pulling in another $US21 million internationally and raising its worldwide total to $US822 million.

That means it has officially surpassed another highly successful superhero movie, 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” at the global box office. “Wonder Woman” peaked at over $US821 million, but “Venom” refuses to slow down.


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A major reason for its stunning international box office is China. “Venom” has made $US205 million there, while “Wonder Woman” made $US90 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock told Business Insider earlier this month that monster movies are “bonafide box office gold” in China, and “Venom” is “as monstrous as it gets in the superhero universe.” China also helped monster movies like “The Meg” and “Rampage” become box-office hits worldwide this year.

But “Wonder Woman” isn’t the only popular superhero movie that “Venom” has topped.


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The movie has also crossed the worldwide box office (unadjusted for inflation) of nearly every other “Spider-Man” movie, including “Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The only ones it hasn’t reached are “Spider-Man 3” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made $US890 million and $US880 million, respectively.

“Venom” is currently 70th on the list of highest-grossing movies in the world of all time, according to Box Office Mojo. Superhero movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and both “Deadpool” movies are below it.

“Venom” has revitalized Sony’s “Spider-Man” plans, so it’s not surprising that the studio likely already scheduled a sequel for October, 2020. Expect a lot more “Venom” in the years to come.

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