Despite rising concerns over the COVID-19 omicron version, Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home spun a record-breaking web in its box office debut, generating $253 million from 4,336 cinemas to claim the third-largest domestic opening of all time.
The film also made history overseas, making $334.2 million for a global total of $587.2 million, where the new variation is even more of a problem in some regions, notably in Europe (without China). Not adjusted for inflation, that is the third-best worldwide opening ever.
“This weekend’s unprecedented results, from all over the globe and in the face of numerous hurdles, confirm the unrivalled cultural effect that exclusive theatrical pictures can have when they are developed and promoted with vision and commitment,” says Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Motion Picture Group.
As moviegoing recovered to pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a key moment for the box office recovery, Spider-Man: No Way Home set a slew of other records. Hollywood, on the other hand, would feel a lot better if the riches was distributed more evenly.
The Sony and Marvel film received a coveted A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers aged 18 to 34, as well as excellent exit evaluations, including a 90 percent definite recommend score. (The exits have been dubbed “unreal” by critics.) Spider-Man also drew an ethnically diverse crowd and fared very well in Imax cinemas, grossing $36.2 million worldwide, making it the No. 6 Imax weekend opening of all time.
With $357 million in domestic box office receipts, Avengers: Endgame tops the list, followed by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.6 million), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million), and Jurassic World ($208.8 million), not adjusted for inflation.