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‘Ringer PhD’: How Did ‘Venom’ Become One of the Year’s Biggest Hits?

In 2018, ‘Venom’ burst into theaters. Sean Fennessey digs into why it became such a massive hit.

In 2018, Venom burst into theaters featuring a unique blend of grim humor and slapstick violence. Despite its status as a Spider-Man spinoff and a dreadful 28 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it became one of the highest-grossing films of that year. In this episode of Ringer PhD, Sean Fennessey digs into why Venom became such a massive hit and how the film’s success helps to explain the modern box office.