`Spider-Man´ surpasses $1B globally in second weekend

Spider-Man: No Way Home surpasses $1B globally in second weekend: Tom Holland and Zendaya film is now Sony’s top-grossing domestic movie ever

  • The film racked up $587M from 61 overseas markets in just 12 days of release
  • It also has the record for the second-highest domestic opening box office behind Avengers: Endgame
  • The film’s commercial success is matched by its positive critical response
  • It has a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers praising its ‘fan service’ and emotionality 

The latest Spider Man movie has crossed the global $1 billion mark, adding $587.1 million to its already impressive domestic gross from 61 overseas markets in just 12 days of release. 

Even with some mighty competition from new Matrix and Sing movies, and rising concerns over the omicron variant, Spider-Man: No Way Home stayed in the No. 1 spot and netted a few more milestones too.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Spider-Man added $81.5 million over the three-day weekend, down 69 percent from its first weekend – when it became the film with the second-highest opening box office ever behind Avengers: Endgame.

The Sony and Marvel film has now grossed $467 million from North American theaters, more than doubling the domestic grosses of 2021’s previous No. 1 film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The 148-minute film cost $200 million to make, according to Variety.

Spider Man: No Way Home has now made more than $1 billion at the global box office

It’s also the film with the second-highest US opening weekend box office ever – behind Avengers: Endgame

The film stars real life couple Tom Holland as Spider Man and Zendaya Coleman as Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones

It’s the first film of the pandemic to cross $1 billion and is tied with Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the third-fastest film ever to do so – and this without the benefit of its release in China.

No Way Home, directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, stars Tom Holland, who reprises his role as Spider Man for the third time.

It also features Zendaya, 25, as the superhero’s love interest Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones-Watson as well as previous Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire, 46, and Andrew Garfield, 38. 

The film has become Sony’s top-grossing domestic movie ever and has been praised by critics, with a 94 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly wrote the movie goes much father than simple fan service.

The numbers look good for Spider Man without counting China. Above, a billboard for No Way Home in Hong Kong on December 23

No Way Home, directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, stars Tom Holland, right, who reprises his role as Spider Man for the third time

The film has become Sony’s top-grossing domestic movie ever and has been praised by critics, with a 94 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes 

‘So it’s safer maybe just to say that what seems at first like pure fan service turns out to be some of the best and by far the most meta stuff Marvel has done, tender and funny and a little bit devastating,’ she wrote.

As for the action sequences in the film, Rolling Stone’s David Fear wrote, ‘What we can say is this: Spiderman: No Way Home is a perfectly fine superhero movie. It has a couple of great set pieces — the initial fight between Ock and Holland’s Spider-Man is proof that director Jon Watts has gotten increasingly better at staging these kinds of things; there’s a dizzying chase through Escher-like cityscapes that echoes a similar sequence in the first Doctor Strange movie, yet still feels inventive.’  

Universal’s Sing 2 came in second place with an estimated $23.8 million, while Warner Bros.’ The Matrix Resurrections grossed $12 million to take third place.

The animated musical Sing 2 features high-profile celebrity talent including Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Bono, as well as a jukebox soundtrack full of well-known hits. 

Estimated ticket sales for Friday-Sunday in the US and Canada 

1. Spider-Man: No Way Home, $81.5 million

2. Sing 2, $23.8 million

3. The Matrix Resurrections, $12 million

4. The King’s Man, $6.4 million

5. American Underdog, $6.2 million

6. West Side Story, $2.8 million

7. Licorice Pizza, $2.3 million

8. A Journal For Jordan, $2.2 million

9. Encanto, $2 million

10. 83, $1.8 million

 

Source: Comscore 

Since its release Wednesday, it’s made $41 million ($1.6 million of that came from Thanksgiving weekend showings) from North America and $65 million worldwide.

‘We’re extraordinarily pleased,’ said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution.

Orr said the stellar CinemaScore (A+) and audience scores suggest that the film will continue to perform well in the next few weeks, when many kids are still out of school for the holidays.

The fourth Matrix also opened on Wednesday and has earned an estimated $22.5 million in its first five days in North America. 

The film, directed by Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, is currently streaming on HBO Max as well. Globally, it’s grossed $69.8 million to date.

While the studio was hoping for a stronger box office, Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, said the movie achieved what they were looking for as an overall strategy, including HBO Max.

The Matrix Resurrections is the last of the 18 Warner Bros. films released in 2021 to debut both in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. Starting in 2022, the studio will have a 45-day exclusive theatrical window on their films.

In fourth place was Disney and 20th Century’s The King’s Man, a prequel to the action-comedy Kingsman series starring Ralph Fiennes. 

It came in slightly under expectations with $6.4 million from the weekend and $10 million from its first five days. The audience skewed heavily male (65 percent).

The Kurt Warner biopic ‘American Underdog’ opened on Christmas Day and has made an estimated $6.2 million in its two days in release to round out the top five. Zachary Levi stars as Warner, the quarterback who went from undrafted free agent to Hall of Famer.

Universal’s Sing 2 came in second place with an estimated $23.8 million

The fourth Matrix also opened on Wednesday and has earned an estimated $22.5 million in its first five days in North America. It came in third place

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Licorice Pizza’ expanded nationwide on Christmas, after playing in limited release for a month, and added $2.3 million bringing its total to $3.7 million. 

And right behind it was the Denzel Washington-directed drama ‘A Journal For Jordan,’ which to $2.2 million.

With just a few days left in 2021, the North American box office is currently sitting at $4.3 billion and is likely to net out around $4.4 billion. Pre-pandemic, it was normal for a year’s box office to surpass $11 billion.

‘To say was a roller-coaster year is an understatement,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore, Inc. ‘The marketplace is still facing challenges from the pandemic, but what an amazing capper to one of the most incredible years ever at the box office.’

He added: ‘The future of the movie theater a year ago was a big question mark, and a year later it’s here to stay.’

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