Spider-Man: No Way Home becomes the first pandemic-era film to hit $1 billion milestone in the global box office

Spider-Man No Way Home
Spider-Man No Way Home

Something that all the Spider-Man fans must have been expecting, on Sunday, less than two weeks after its release, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” surpassed the $1 billion milestone at the global box office.

It’s the first time a film has hit the $1 billion mark since 2019, with $1.05 billion in total globally. In December 2019, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” became the most recent film to reach the milestone.

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Sunday that the picture, which was co-produced by Sony and Disney’s Marvel Studios, has become Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time in US theatres.

Tom Holland plays the eponymous superhero in the third installment of the series, in which he battles numerous villains from the Marvel multiverse.

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The only previous films to surpass $1 billion in a shorter time were Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), which took 5 days and 11 days, respectively, to hit the milestone.

According to Variety.com, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has unwrapped the biggest Christmas gift of all, becoming the first pandemic-era film to reach $1 billion in the global box office.

In a near-record 12 days, Sony’s comic-book epic has surpassed that milestone, tying with 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the third-fastest picture to hit the billion-dollar mark. Only “Avengers: Infinity War” from 2018 and “Avengers: Endgame” from 2019 were faster, surpassing the coveted tally in the process.

Previously to Spider-reign,  MGM’s James Bond thriller “No Time to Die,” with worldwide revenue of $774 million, was the highest-grossing Hollywood film of 2021. (and the pandemic). As the first picture to gross $1 billion worldwide, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” dethroned another box-office juggernaut, China’s “The Battle at Lake Changjin” ($902 million), to become the year’s highest-grossing film globally. It’s also worth noting that “No Way Home” has reached that mark.

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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” had another dominating weekend at the domestic box office, rising well above the competition in a congested Christmas corridor.

Over the weekend, 4,336 North American theatres grossed $81 million for the latest “Spider-Man” adventure. To put the figure in context, only a few COVID-era films have been able to achieve that level of coinage during the course of their theatrical runs, let alone in their second weekend. In addition, “Spider-Man: No Way Home”…

It takes the film’s ten-day domestic box office total to a whopping $467 million. That figure is more than double that of the next highest-grossing Disney and Marvel film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which took in a whopping $224 million in the United States.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” earned $121.4 million over the weekend at the international box office, boosting its total to $587 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $1.05 billion.

“Sing 2,” a new animated musical from Universal and Illumination, debuted in second place among new releases, grossing $23.7 million over the typical weekend and $41 million since Wednesday. (This figure is slightly overstated since it includes $1.6 million in advance screening fees collected over Thanksgiving weekend.) It’s a slower start than its predecessor, 2016’s “Sing,” which earned $35 million in three days and $54.9 million in five days.