- Spider-Man: No Way Home finally hit theaters on Friday, December 17.
- The massive multiversal event film, which featured villains from past Spider-Man franchises, has broken all sorts of box office records.
- The film racked up $260 million at the domestic box office, which is the second-biggest opening in movie history.
Despite increasing concerns regarding the new variant of the virus, Hollywood scored a much-needed win this weekend, as Spider-Man: No Way Home — perhaps unsurprisingly — had a massive opening weekend at the box office, breaking all sorts of records in the process.
Including its record-breaking $260 million at the domestic box office, Spider-Man: No Way Home shattered a slew of other records, both in the United States and across the globe.
Here’s a list of all the box office records that Spider-Man: No Way Home has broken, via Variety:
-Second-biggest domestic opening weekend in history ($260 million)
-Third-largest global debut ever ($600 million)
-Best start in the Spider-Man franchise, previously held by the $151 million that 2007’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ racked up in its opening weekend
-Second-highest opening day ever ($121 million on Friday)
-Top global opening weekend for Sony Pictures, previously held by the $381 million worldwide opening weekend that ‘Spider-Man 3’ had in 2007
-Biggest December debut, beating the $529 million made by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in 2015
-Imax’s biggest weekend since 2019 ($36.2 million)
Granted, while Spider-Man: No Way Home is a unique movie experience considering its inclusion of characters from past franchises (Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Electro, Lizard, and Sandman), its box office haul certainly bodes well for 2022’s major releases, such as The Batman, which hits theaters in March, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is currently scheduled to hit theaters in April.
Whether or not mid-tier releases such as Uncharted, Morbius, The Northman can replicate a fraction of that success is an entirely different story, though, as evidenced by the fact that Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro’s star-studded Nightmare Alley, which features the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, only made a paltry $2.95 million during its opening weekend.
Spider-Man: No Way Home — the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 following Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals, and 27th film overall — stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Zendaya as MJ, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, and Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin. The film hit theaters in the United States on Friday, December 17.