For a brief span of time, it was looking grim for the box office, as it looked ever more likely that audiences would be seeing films delayed again. Disney itself had even contemplated whether to delay Eternals or give it a hybrid release like Black Widow based on one key factor: the success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
At first, it didn't look great for Shang-Chi, with projections for its opening weekend being quite low. Then those projections began to rise, until Shang-Chi managed to beat the odds. The success of Shang-Chi seems to have already begun affecting other studios with Sony making a bold decision.
Carnage Comes Earlier Than Expected for Venom
According to Deadline, after the success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the box office over Labor Day weekend, Sony Pictures has not only decided not to delay Venom: Let There Be Carnage as many had feared, but instead release it two weeks early, from October 15 to October 1.
Odd but Encouraging Decision From Sony Pictures
It's encouraging that Sony saw Shang-Chi as enough of a success to confidently move up the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, but it's also a bit of a confusing decision. The next James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, plans to release internationally on September 30 and domestically on October 8.
This means there's now an even greater chance that this Venom sequel could be swallowed up, but perhaps Sony knows something everyone else doesn't. Regardless, this is a good sign that Spider-Man: No Way Home won't be delayed along with Eternals too.