January 21, 2022

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is the First Movie to Make $1 Billion Globally Since 2019

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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” broke a movie-going record over Christmas weekend, as it became the first COVID-19-era movie to make $1 billion at the global box office.

In just 12 days, the Sony comic-book-inspired film hit the $1 billion mark, and it’s now tied with 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the third-fastest film to reach the milestone. The faster two films to hit $1 billion were 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” hitting the mark in 11 and five days, respectively.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is an anomaly of sorts, as no other Hollywood movie has come close to reaching the $1 billion tally during the global pandemic. The last film to reach that level of sales was 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Before the Tom Holland Marvel superhero film hit theaters, the highest-grossing Hollywood movie of 2021 was MGM’s James Bond sequel “No Time to Die,” which grossed $774 million across the world.

Domestic box office numbers for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” were also impressive, towering over other films showing during the holiday weekend. The film took in $81 million from 4,336 North American theaters over the weekend, according to a release. The movie’s ten-day total is a whopping $467 million at the domestic box office. The number is more than double the next highest-grossing film, with Disney and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” taking in $224 million domestically.

International box office totals for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” brought in $121.4 million over the holiday weekend and $587 million to date. The film’s worldwide revenues are $1.05 billion.

The highest-grossing new release over the holiday was Universal and Illumination’s animated musical “Sing 2,” bringing in $23.7 million over the weekend and $41 million since Wednesday.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” stars Tom Holland and Zendaya as Peter Parker and MJ as they fight various villains from around the Marvel multiverse.