Spider-Man: No Way Home shatters pandemic box office record

Backed with a FOMO event movie promising spoilers audiences didn’t want ruined, Spider-Man: No Way Home became a must-see event and the box office was all webbed up. The third Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland easily broke the pandemic opening $100+ million milestone and earned the third-best all-time opening weekend.

At $253 million, No Way Home shattered expectations and had the biggest December opening ever. This breaks the record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $247 million. Force Awakens had the benefit of being the first Star Wars film in over a decade.

Not coincidentally, No Way Home only trails the mammoth openings of Avengers: Endgame ($357 million) and Avengers: Infinity War ($257 million). Prior to Spider-Man, no other film released since the pandemic managed to top $100 million. Venom: Let There Be Carnage came closest with $90 million.

Timing was also key with No Way Home’s release as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is starting to wreck Christmas holiday plans with closures being reinstated. No Way Home already knocked out Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as the highest grossing film of 2021 so even if theaters start closing again, this has already been a highly profitable result for Sony’s collaboration with Marvel Studios.

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In second place, Encanto earned $6.5 million to take its four-week domestic total to $81.5 million. Coming in at third was West Side Story and Ghostbusters: Afterlife tied at $3.4 million. West Side Story has failed to make an impact and has only earned $17.9 million. Afterlife has brought in $117 million so far.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley didn’t benefit from any Spider-Man overflow and debuted in fifth place with $3 million.

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