Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) was the latest Marvel film to debut in theaters this past weekend on December 17th, and considering the Spider-Man film was being seemed the greatest film of any Spider-Man franchise by lead actor Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), MCU fans were stoked.
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Considering we are in a pandemic and we have seen releases such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Eternals (2021), and Black Widow (2021) do well, but not as well as Marvel is used to when it comes to opening weekends in a pre-pandemic box office, many were wondering how sales would go for No Way Home. Now, as we approach the end of the opening weekend we have our answer, and it is record-breaking.
As we reported when the film debuted, Deadline noted that the Jon Watts-directed film was “eyeing [a] $200M+ opening” and that it “hopes to land among [the] top 7 domestic debuts of all-time.” Now, Spider-Man can join the ranks of Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) as No Way Home has secured the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.
The Hollywood Reporter noted:
Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home spun a record-breaking web in its box office debut, grossing $253 million from 4,336 theaters to secure the third-biggest domestic opening of all time at the box office despite growing worries over the COVID-19 omicron variant.
Overseas — where the new variant is even more of a concern in certain markets — the movie also made history, grossing $334.2 million for a global total of $587.2 million. That’s the No. 3 global opening ever, not adjusted for inflation.
Sony Motion Picture Group chair-CEO Tom Rothman added, “This weekend’s historic results, from all over the world and in the face of many challenges, reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact that exclusive theatrical films can have when they are made and marketed with vision and resolve.”
As we mentioned, the film follows the success of Avengers: Endgame as it leads the list of all-time domestic openings with $357 million, followed by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.6 million). Now, Tom Holland can say he stars in all three highest-grossing domestic films.
Marvel fans are rushing to the cinema after falling into Marvel’s spidey-trap set by Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). The official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Fans can expect to see Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, plus Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman character, and Rhys Ifans’ Lizard from alternate universes all return. In the film, we will also be able to see Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), and Zendaya (MJ) joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds).
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