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Spidey hits third best opening ever with $253 million

by Lindsay Bahr | The Associated Press

Never underestimate your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, even with a mutating virus. Despite growing concerns over the Omicron version, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” not only broke Pandemic-era box office records; It became the third best opening of all time, behind “Avengers: Endgame” ($357.1 million) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($257.7 million).

The Sony and Marvel blockbuster raked in an astonishing $253 million in ticket sales from 4,325 North American locations, according to studio estimates on Sunday, as well as setting a record for the month of December. The web-slinger’s success couldn’t have come sooner for a movie business that had a rollercoaster 2021 and could be headed for a rough start to 2022 as the Omicron version of the coronavirus forced more and more event cancellations. We do.

“The results of this weekend’s landmark ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ from around the world and facing the many challenges, reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact when special theatrical films were created and marketed with the vision and determination.” Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, said in a statement. “We at Sony Pictures are all very grateful for the wonderful talent in front of and behind the camera that produced such a landmark film.”

In its five days played in theaters internationally, it has grossed $334.2 million in ticket sales, totaling $200 million against its global production budget of $587.2 million. The film is yet to open in markets such as Thailand and Japan, and there is no release date set for China.

As the third standalone Spider-Man film in the Tom Holland era, “No Way Home” was always going to be an “event movie” for fans. After several delays throughout the year, Sony made its launch in the frame before Christmas and had expected a pandemic-best debut in the $130 to $150 million range by the end of last week. But it quickly became clear that “Spider-Man” was about to fly too high. The film grossed an incredible $121.5 million on its first day – surpassing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from the No. 2 position.

Directed by Jon Watts, “No Way Home” lifts the world with Holland’s Peter Parker discovering his superhero identity, and introduces Zendaya, Marisa Tomei and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. The promise of spoilers only added to the feverish hype that led to lines and sold-out performances across the country.

“For the target audience, it’s an absolute must-see, essential watch,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “There’s no way the fans were going to freak out because of Omicron.”

Many moviegoers also spent top dollar to see the film on the biggest screen. According to IMAX, an estimated $36.2 million of the global total is from their large format screens.

IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond said, “‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is an exclamation point on our return to the box office in 2021.” “With these historic results, IMAX continues to deliver blockbuster releases at or above pre-pandemic levels at the box office.”

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And it’s not just fans who are giving the film good marks: the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. It has a 94% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Holland thanks to a record number of viewers on Instagram.

“You made this possible. Your love and support is the world to me,” Holland wrote on Saturday. “Thank you, thank you, thank you and if you haven’t seen Spider-Man home yet… Merry Christmas and you know that’s what to do.”

Earlier this weekend, Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” set the pandemic’s best opening record with $90.1 million.

But it wasn’t all festivity at the box office this weekend. There were some high-profile casualties in the wake of Spider-Man, including Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded “Nightmare Alley,” which grossed a mere $3 million from 2,145 theaters. It opened at fifth place, behind “Spider-Man,” “Encanto” ($6.5 million), “West Side Story” ($3.4 million) and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” ($3.4 million).

There was prestige and prize buzz behind “Nightmare Alley” with actors including Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, but a week after Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” it was a stark reminder of the realities of film during the pandemic. gives. The power of the Marvel fanbase.

More often than not, in a one-movie-take-all environment, that a movie has been a Marvel movie. Marvel releases would make five of the top six films of the year, including “No Way Home,” including “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” “Black Widow” and . “Eternal.”

And lest anyone expected “West Side Story” to have a profitable “Greatest Showman” following its weak debut, 20th Century Studios’ releases in theaters hit 67% on its second weekend. fell, bringing in only $3.4 million.

But Spider-Man could also help the industry in a big way as it moves into 2022.

“It’s almost hard to describe how important this debut is for an industry that faced one of the biggest challenges in its history in the pandemic,” Dergarabedian said. “To have this grand mandate in favor of the movie theater experience, as expressed in numbers that were unimaginable just a few months ago, is a watershed moment for movie theaters that I believe have been discussed for decades.” Will go.”


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