Spider-Man: No Way Home dominates the Christmas box office

A Billion Dollar Spidey! Spider-Man: No Way Home dominates the Christmas box office

Los Angeles, California – The jury is still out on whether Spider-Man: No Coming Home is a Christmas movie, but it certainly topped the Christmas box office, becoming the first movie in the Covid-19 pandemic to cross $1 billion, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Zendaya (l.) and Tom Holland, is the first Covid-19 era film to cross $1 billion. © IMAGO / Prod. DB

The Sony and Marvel blockbuster, which takes place around Christmas, raked in $81.5 million in the United States in its second weekend for a North American total of $467.3 million.

The grand finale of director Jon Watts’ Spidey Trilogy marked the second-biggest domestic opening ever last weekend and has since grossed a total of $1.05 billion worldwide, despite not having not yet opened in China.

In other words, No Way Home – starring on- and off-screen couple Tom Holland and Zendaya – is officially the highest-grossing title of 2021 and is on course to surpass its predecessor, Spider-Man: Far. From Home, as Sony’s number. a movie of all time.

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Universal Pictures’ Sing 2, which earned $23.8 million, debuted at No. 2 at the North American box office last weekend. Warner Bros.’ was also new in theaters last week. The Matrix Resurrections, which landed in third place with $12 million.

Spider-Man and Sing 2 were released exclusively theatrically, while The Matrix launched simultaneously on HBO Max. Like countless titles before them, all three movies have been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Matthew McConaughey at the premiere of Sing 2 on December 4.

Matthew McConaughey at the premiere of Sing 2 on December 4. © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Directed by Garth Jennings, Sing 2 finds his familiar band of musical animals on a mission to put on a new show with the help of a reclusive rock star.

The animated sequel – featuring the voices of Bono, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and more – received an average rating of 67% on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes and a rating A-plus glowing from audiences polled by CinemaScore.

The highly anticipated fourth installment in the Matrix franchise – once again helmed by Lana Wachowski (this time without her sister and creative partner Lilly Wachowski) – scored a lukewarm 66% on Rotten Tomatoes and an equally lukewarm B-minus on CinemaScore. .

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Rounding out the top five domestic box office performers this weekend were 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man, which opened to $6.4 million, and Lionsgate’s American Underdog, which opened to $6. $2 million.

Notably, United Artists Releasing’s Licorice Pizza finally hit the mainstream on Saturday, grossing $2.3 million for a North American total of $3.7 million. On its limited release last month, the animated romantic comedy Paul Thomas Anderson erased the pandemic record for average opening weekend gross per theater.

This coming weekend, Spider-Man is all but guaranteed to continue his reign at the box office well into 2022, as no new movies are expected to be released on a large scale. Limited-release launches are Sony Pictures Classics’ Jockey, Yash Raj Films’ Jersey, and Vertical Entertainment‘s Sensation.

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