Never underestimate your friendly neighbor Spider-Man, even if a mutant virus emerges. Despite growing concerns about the omicron variant, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” not only smashed box office records during the pandemic; it became the third-best opening film of all time behind “Avengers: Endgame” ($357.1 million) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($257.7 million).
The Sony and Marvel blockbuster grossed $253 million in ticket sales from 4,325 North American locations, which, according to studio estimates on Sunday, also set a record for December, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Web-slinger’s success couldn’t have come sooner for a movie business that’s already had a rollercoaster ride in 2021 and could be headed for a rough start in 2022 like o micro variant of coronavirus forcing more and more events to cancel.
“This weekend’s historic results for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, from around the world and facing multiple challenges, reaffirm the unprecedented cultural impact that movies hit theaters. exclusivity is possible when they are produced and marketed with vision and determination,” said Tom Rothman, President and CEO of Sony Pictures, in a statement. “All of us at Sony Pictures are deeply grateful for the amazing talent, both in front of and behind the camera, for creating such a landmark film.”
In five days in international theaters, the film grossed $334.2 million in ticket sales, bringing its global total to $587.2 million against a production budget of $200 million. The film has yet to open in markets like Thailand and Japan, nor does it have a release date for China.
As the third standalone Spider-Man film of the Tom Holland era, “No Way Home” has always been an “event film” for fans. After several delays throughout the year, Sony has it out in the pre-Christmas time slot and last weekend predicted a pandemic-best opening in the $130 to $150 million range. But it quickly became clear that “Spider-Man” would fly much higher. The film grossed a staggering $121.5 million on its opening day – knocking “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from #2.
Directed by Jon Watts, “No Way Home” follows Holland’s Peter Parker as he struggles with the world to find his superhero identity, and features Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. The promise of a reveal spoiler only added to the hype craze that led to screenings and sold-out tickets around the country.
“For the target audience, this is an absolute must-see, a must-see,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “There won’t be fans opting out because of the omicron.”
Many moviegoers also shelled out top dollar to see the movie on the biggest screen possible. According to IMAX, an estimated $36.2 million of the global total is from their large format screens.
“‘Spider-Man: No Way Home” is an exclamation point for the return we’ve seen at the box office in 2021,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. In this historic period, IMAX continues to see blockbuster releases that generate box office revenues equal to or exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”
And it’s not just fans who have given the film good reviews: Reviews have also been overwhelmingly positive. It has a 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Holland on Instagram thanked the audience for the record numbers.
“You made this possible. Your love and support means the world to me,” Holland wrote Saturday. “Thank you, thank you, thank you and if you haven’t seen Spider-Man there is no way home… Merry Christmas and you know what to do.”
Before this weekend, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” by Sony holds the record for best pandemic opening film with $90.1 million.
But that’s not all the celebration at the box office this weekend. In Spider-Man’s Rise were some high casualties, including Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley,” which grossed just $3 million from 2,145 theaters. It opened at number five behind “Spider-Man,” “Encanto” ($6.5 million), “West Side Story” ($3.4 million) and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” ($3.4 million) ).
“Nightmare Alley” has the prestige and accolades behind it, with a cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, but a week later Steven Spielberg’s “Western Story” is overwhelmed, it’s a stark reminder of the realities of film in times of pandemic and the strength of the Marvel fan base.
In the one-movie-all environment, more often than not, a movie is already a Marvel movie. Including “No Way Home,” Marvel releases will make up five of the year’s six best films, including “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” , “Black Widow” and “Eternal.”
And lest anyone still hold out hope that “West Side Story” will have a profitable “Greatest Showman” movie after a lackluster start, 20th Century Studios’ release fell 67% in its second week. in theaters, grossing only $3.4 million.
But Spider-Man could also help the industry at large when it kicks off in 2022.
“It’s hard to describe how important this launch is to an industry beset by one of the biggest challenges in its history during the pandemic,” Dergarabedian said. “Having this resounding mission beneficial to the cinema experience as demonstrated in numbers that even just a few months ago was unimaginable has made this a turning point for cinemas. cinema that I think will be discussed for decades.”
According to Comscore, ticket sales are estimated Friday through Sunday in theaters in the US and Canada. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.
1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, $253 million.
2. “Encanto,” $6.5 million.
3. “West Side Story,” $3.4 million.
4. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, $3.4 million.
5. “Nightmare Alley,” $3 million.
6. “Gucci House”, $1.9 million.
7. “Eternals,” $1.2 million.
8. “Clifford The Big Red Dog,” $400,000.
9. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”, $280,000
10. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, $220,000
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