Christmas came a week early for Peter Parker, as his latest web-slinging adventure, Spider-Man: No Way Home broke records at home and abroad, amid pandemic and all.
The Sony tentpole grossed $253 million in North America and another $334.2 million overseas in its first weekend, totaling $587.2 million worldwide—the third-largest global debut of all time, trailing only the two most recent Avengers outings.
Given all of the scary news stories this week about a new surge in COVID infections caused by the Omicron variant, No Way Home’s hand-over-fist success caught many industry watchers off guard. The latest Spider-Man film (which also stars Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange) was expected to gross between $130 and $150 million domestically before the weekend began. However, those low-ball projections were quickly surpassed as No Way Home grossed $121 million on its first day alone. After its first weekend, the film’s $253 million domestic gross makes it the top-grossing film in North America this year.
No Way Home became the first film to gross more than $100 million in the United States since the pandemic began (the closest was Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which grossed $90 million in October). The PG-13-rated film’s $253 million three-day North American take came from 4,336 theatres, with a per-screen average of $58,348. It received an additional $334.2 million from 60 overseas markets, the largest of which was the United Kingdom, which received $41.4 million. More good news from the foreign front: No Way Home has yet to be released in China, where Marvel does exceptionally well.
This weekend, a few other films were playing in theatres. Encanto, a Disney film, came in second place, earning $6.5 million in its fourth weekend.