The release of Sony Pictures’ “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” will be delayed by nearly a month, the studio said Thursday, as Covid-19 cases increase across the country due to the new delta variant.
The film now opens on October 15 instead of September 24. The sequel to “Venom” had already been postponed several times during the pandemic.
Though it’s only a short delay, the decision could mark the start of more theatrical postponements as coronavirus cases surge in the US
The cinema industry is struggling to recover from pandemic shutdowns, in part due to a lack of product, and because much of the content arriving in theaters has also been made available on streaming services.
Studios originally postponed major blockbusters last year because they wanted to make as much money as possible from ticket sales to recoup the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on production. Moviegoers are returning to the cinema, but not in the crowd they were before the pandemic.
Movies like Disney’s “Black Widow” and Universal’s “F9” have generated a decent amount of money at the box office, but only a fraction of what they probably would have made in a time without Covid-19. Notably, the first “Venom” movie garnered $855 million at the worldwide box office.
Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “F9.”