The Venom: Let There Be Carnage Rotten Tomatoes Score is in, and the good news is that it's about double that of the first movie's score, but the critics are still divided.
With 79 reviews presently accounted for, the Venom: Let There Be Carnage Rotten Tomatoes Score currently stands at 59%, much better than the first movie's 30%.
Once again, the critics score looks to be a lot different than the audience reaction as the first Venom has an 81% favorable Audience Score, and while the Venom 2 Audience Score isn't yet available, early fan reactions have been positive, so it appears to be more of the same, which isn't bad for Sony at all as the first flick brought in over $856 million at the box office.
Update: RT score is at 60%; Audience Score is at 85%.
Here are a few comments from the critics' reviews:
- Rotten: "Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a torturously bad watch from beginning to end."
- Rotten: "The sequel to Venom is a jumbled mess made up of random ideas plopped together in a 90-minute package."
- Rotten: "Sitting at 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage,' you quietly ask yourself, 'What have I done wrong? Is God punishing me?'"
- Fresh: "The sequel far surpasses the original by leaning into the comic elements."
- Fresh: "The Venom/Eddie dynamic remains the best buddy action comedy going these days."
- Fresh: "'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' gives the people what they want - a slapstick superhero comedy that cites 'The Odd Couple' as inspiration."
Venom: Let There Be Carnage box office:
Speaking of the box office, Venom: Let There Be Carnage has been tracking for a $60 million-plus opening, though Sony is being conservative with their own estimates of $40 million for the opening weekend (the first movie opened to $80 million).
We'll know more about the box office after today, as Thursday marks the release of advanced screenings.
A quick check of Fandango in my area does show a lot of empty seats, so it will be interesting to see how the Venom 2 box office performs, especially compared to Black Widow and Shang-Chi which haven't done all that well for Marvel.
What also will benefit Venom 2, which is hurting Black Widow and Shang-Chi, is that Venom 2 will apparently get released in China, as the first movie saw a hefty $270 million gross in the number two movie theater market in the world.