UPDATED 12/19, 4:38 p.m. ET: With great power, comes great box-office numbers.
Spider-Man: No Way Home scored the third largest domestic opening ever, bringing in $253 Million in its first weekend, surpassing the $247.9 million opening of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, per Deadline. It marks the biggest opening for any Spidey film, and certainly the best for any December film.
Box office analytics firm EnTelligence reports that 20 million people in the U.S. caught the film this weekend alone. Prior to this weekend, no COVID-era film had been able to top a $100 million opening, per Variety. Its $587.2 million global earnings also marks the third largest opening worldwide, too, following the $1.22 billion of Avengers: Endgame and the $640.5 million of Avengers: Infinity War.
“This weekend’s historic ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ results, from all over the world and in the face of many challenges, reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact that exclusive theatrical films can have when they are made and marketed with vision and resolve,” Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman and CEO Tom Rothman said.
After earning $73.8 million Saturday and seeing a Sunday that’s expected to take in $57.350 million, No Way Home was just $4.7 million shy of Infinity War’s second-best domestic opening ever.
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Even in a pandemic, Spider-Man: No Way Home has become a huge hit at the box office.
Deadline reports that the new Tom Holland and Zendaya-starring film is looking at an opening of over $200M, with some anticipating it to land between $238M and $250M. If so, that could place it in the top seven domestic debuts ever.
The new Marvel and Sony picture also took home $50M on its Thursday preview night, placing it at the No. 3 spot for the best preview night of all time. Spider-Man surpasses Disney and Marvel movie Black Widow’s Thursday preview, which came in at $13.2M. Overall, the film took home $80M for its domestic debut.
No Way Home is far from over, at least according to producer Amy Pascal. “We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel,” she told Fandango last month. “We’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies.”
Earlier this week, she commented on the matter again, telling Variety that, “If I have my way, we will” have more Spider-Man films starring Holland.
But it does seem like the fourth installation is currently being planned. Kevin Feige told The New York Times, “Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about—yes, we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after Far From Home [the previous Spider-Man movie, in 2019]. That will not be occurring this time.”