With great power comes great profitability.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” hit the domestic box office this weekend, raking in $ 253 million from Best Pandemics in theaters, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
As of Friday alone, the most anticipated film of the year had already raised $ 121.9 million – the second-biggest opening day in domestic box office history and the highest-grossing December opening of all time, according to figures from Sony Pictures. The Friday opening was also the best in Sony Pictures and “Spider-Man” franchise history. “No Way Home” cost $ 200 million to make.
Sony and Marvel’s successful exit comes as the rapidly spreading variant of the Omicron coronavirus has started to dampen other domestic sporting and entertainment events.
“This historic weekend Spider-Man: No Path Home the results, from around the world and in the face of many challenges, reaffirm the unparalleled cultural impact that exclusive cinema films can have when made and marketed with vision and determination ”, Tom Rothman, CEO of Sony Pictures ‘Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “All of us at Sony Pictures are deeply grateful for the fabulous talent, both in front and behind the camera, that has produced such a landmark film. “
With the latest installment of “Spider-Man,” Marvel officially swept the top five for theatrical debuts since the pandemic shutdowns began in March 2020. In second place was “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($ 90 million). dollars), followed by Disney’s “Black Widow” ($ 80.4 million), “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” ($ 75.4 million) and “Eternals” ($ 71 million).
To date, only two films have opened above “No Way Home” at the North American box office: 2019 “Avengers: Endgame” ($ 357.1 million) and 2018 “Avengers: Infinity War” ($ 257.7 million), which was distributed by Disney.
The previous biggest opening for a “Spider-Man” movie was 2007’s “Spider-Man 3” ($ 151.1 million), followed by 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($ 117 million). 2002’s “Spider-Man” ($ 114.8 million), 2019 “Spider-Man: Far From Home” ($ 92.6 million), 2014 “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (91.6 million), 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” ($ 88.2 million), 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” ($ 62 million) and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” 2018 ($ 35.4 million).
Directed by Jon Watts, “No Way Home” sees the lives of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) fall into chaos after Spider-Man is exposed and a multiverse – shock full of familiar faces from alternate timelines – is accidentally triggered.
The stacked cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Benedict Wong as Wong and Marisa Tomei as Aunt, as well as a number of returning villains from previous Spider-Man sagas, including Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx as Electro and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock.
The Holland Trilogy Grand Finale won over critics – scoring an excellent 94% on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes – as well as audiences polled by CinemaScore, which gave the Marvel blockbuster the buzzy a rare One more class.
Much like its titular teenager on the Web, “No Way Home” was destined for greatness after making a murder in the advance ticket sales. As usual, Sony chose to release the superhero film exclusively in theaters, a strategy that gave the studio a significant advantage over its competitors releasing new titles simultaneously during the public health crisis.
It also helps that your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man continues to be one of the most popular characters in Marvel canon, recently sparking a turbulent intellectual property dispute between Disney and Sony over the human-arachnid hero.
In the months leading up to “No Way Home,” countless fan theories as to what – and most importantly who – could be brought into the multiverse sparked the Spidey senses of Marvel enthusiasts, who likely immediately flocked to them. movie theaters, if only for some other reason than to find out which of these rumors are true.
“‘No Way Home’ … strives to achieve something memorable and is largely successful,” writes Times film critic Justin Chang.
“It is rare to see such surreal narrative gymnastics emerge from what is fundamentally a long, drawn out game of corporate tug of war … but there is certainly something disarming about the solution that ‘No Way Home’ finds. . Without saying too much … three parallel Spider-Man universes that were once forced to stand out now greet each other belatedly, in a warm, even reconciling, spirit.
Disney’s animated musical “Encanto” took second place over the weekend with a prize of $ 6.5 million, according to Comscore. Also new in theaters this weekend is Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley,” starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Toni Collette. Period-drama Searchlight Pictures landed in fifth place, grossing $ 3 million and continuing a disappointing trend of premium adult titles at the North American box office.
Falling to third place on its second weekend was another adult movie: 20th Century Studios and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, which grossed $ 3.4 million for a North American cumulative of 18. millions of dollars.
Next weekend, Warner Bros. “The Matrix Resurrections,” “Sing 2” from Universal Pictures and “The King’s Man” from 20th Century Studios will launch on a large scale next weekend.
Times writer Matt Pearce contributed to this report.