‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ breaks box office records with $ 587.2 million worldwide arc


Christmas arrived a week earlier for Peter Parker as his latest web adventure, Spider-Man: No Way Home, broke records at home and abroad, the pandemic be damned. Box office watchers knew upon entering the frame that Tom hollandMarvel’s third standalone superhero release would be big, the only question was how big? Well, the answer is… absolutely massive. In its first weekend, the Sony tent pole raked in $ 253 million in North America and an additional $ 334.2 million overseas, bringing its jaw-dropping $ 587.2 million worldwide, the third greatest world debut of all time, behind just the two most recent Avengers exits.

Given all of the alarming reports from the past week on a new wave of COVID infections spurred by the Omicron variant, the success of No way home caught off guard by many industry trackers. Ahead of the weekend, Spidey’s latest installment (which also features Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Benedict Cumberbatch like Doctor Strange) is expected to open between $ 130 million and $ 150 million nationwide. But these low estimates were quickly left in the dust as No way home took in $ 121 million on day one alone. In fact, after its debut weekend, the film’s $ 253 million gross domestic revenue already makes it the highest-grossing film of the year in North America. Need another metric to prove the movie’s box office could do it? HollandSpidey’s previous chapters – Homecoming 2017 and Far From Home 2019 – opened at $ 117 million and $ 92.6 million nationally.

With overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, who gave Spider-man’s latest Friendly Quarter a fresh 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and from the public, who gave it a rare ‘A +’ rating from CinemaScore ( This is only the fourth live-action superhero movie to earn that unstoppable score alongside The Avengers of 2012, Black Panther of 2018 and Avengers: Endgame of 2019), No way home became the first film to open over $ 100 million nationwide since the pandemic began (closest was $ 90 million Venom: Let There Be Carnage in October). The three-day, $ 253 million North American take of the PG-13 rated film came from 4,336 theaters where it earned an average of $ 58,348 per screen. It racked up an additional $ 334.2 million in 60 overseas markets, the largest of which was the UK with $ 41.4 million. More good news on the foreign front: No way home hasn’t even opened in China yet, where everything Marvel tends to do is boffo business.

Not that you know it, but yeah, there were actually other movies hitting theaters this weekend. Disney’s Encanto was second, which raised $ 6.5 million in its fourth weekend. The animated film rated PG fell -34.6% from the previous frame. Played in 3,525 locations, the film averaged $ 1,851 per screen. After four weeks, the animated film about a family living in a magical mountain village in Colombia, starring the voice of Stephanie béatriz and songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has a national total of $ 81.5 million. Overseas, the film added $ 94 million, bringing its cumulative world total to $ 175.5 million.

As for third place this weekend, the bronze place was decided by the narrowest margins, with 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story winning (barely) despite another disappointing performance. On his second weekend, the director Steven spielbergthe modern take on the classic Broadway musical featuring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler Raised a hair of over $ 3.4 million nationally at 2,820 locations, which translates to an average of $ 1,211 per display. The PG-13 rated film is down -67.7% from the previous setting and has now grossed $ 18 million at the domestic box office after two weeks. The musical has also performed poorly overseas, where it has grossed $ 9.1 million to date, bringing its worldwide sales to $ 27.1 million.

Just below in fourth place was Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife with $ 4 million on the verge. The latest entry in the who-ya-gonna-call franchise with Paul Rudd, Finn wolfhard, Mckenna’s Grace, and Carrie Coon, slipped -52.1% from the previous weekend, and earned an average of $ 1,035 per screen in 3,282 locations. After five weeks, the PG-13 ranked title has scared $ 117.2 million domestically and $ 56.4 million internationally. Its global box office now stands at $ 173.6 million.

The only other prominent newcomer of the week, the director Guillermo del Toro‘s Nightmare Alley. Searchlight’s dark psychological thriller went down to $ 3 million. Based on the same source material as the masterful 1947 film noir of the same name featuring Tyrone Power, new Alley of nightmares stars Bradley Cooper like a crook pretending to be a medium alongside Cate Blanchett, Rooney mara, and Toni Collette. The R-rated film earned an average of $ 1,379 per screen in 2,145 theaters. It has not yet opened internationally. With an announced budget of $ 60 million, the film seems doomed from the start despite a respectable 81% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a handful of accolades for its main man. It will be interesting to see how and if the film can recover from its nightmarish debut.


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