Sony and Marvel's superhero juggernaut rang in the new year more box office milestones. With a post-New Year's Eve weekend total of $52.7M, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" crossed $600M domestically and became the tenth highest-grossing movie of all time, replacing Disney/Pixar's "Incredibles 2".
Globally, the movie has become even more successful. After surpassing the $1B mark last week, "No Way Home" currently sits at $1.37B. As a result, "No Way Home" now tops Marvel's own "Black Panther" as the 12th-biggest worldwide release of all time. The movie is on pace to surpass Disney's "Frozen II," which sits at number 10 with $1.45B. No other movie of the pandemic era has been able to reach the kind of pre-pandemic heights as "No Way Home," a testament to the power of Marvel's ever-popular web-slinger and the might of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With little competition outside of a few specialty releases, "No Way Home" took home the number one spot in its third week. Universal/Illumination's "Sing 2" also did well in its second week, collecting $19.6M. The animated jukebox musical will likely cross $100M within the next two weeks. With no major releases until mid-January, these two films should enjoy a few more weeks of free reign at the box office.
Beyond the super tentpoles and animated family musicals, second-week adult-oriented holdovers dominated the rest of the top five. With $4.5M, Disney/20th Century's "Kingsman" prequel "The King's Man" claimed third place and reached a total domestic of $19.5M. Lionsgate's feel-good sports biopic "American Underdog" took fourth place with $4.1M and a domestic total of $15M.
WB's "The Matrix Resurrections" rounded out the top five with $3.8M and a domestic total of $30.9M. The film marks the end of WB's same-day theatrical and HBO Max experiment. Starting in March with "The Batman," all of the studio's films will debut exclusively in theaters before appearing on PVOD after 45 days.
With the help of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, 2021's year-end domestic revenues reached $4.4B. As other analysts have noted, this was a 91% increase from the pandemic-ravaged 2020, yet a 61% decrease from 2019's pre-pandemic receipts. Box office recovery remains a work in progress. Starting off with Paramount's "Scream" on January 14 and then Sony's "Morbius" on the 28th, 2022 should shape up to be an incredible year at the movies. No doubt, exciting releases and brighter days are ahead.
Box Office Top Ten - Dec. 31 - Jan. 2:
- "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (Sony) - $52,700,000 / Total: $609,892,000
- "Sing 2" (Universal) - $19,600,215 / Total: $89,681,000
- "The King's Man" (20th Century) - $4,500,000 / Total: $19,515,514
- "American Underdog" (Lionsgate) - $4,075,000 / Total: $15,005,000
- "The Matrix Resurrections" (WB) - $3,825,000 / Total: $30,900,000
- "West Side Story" (20th Century) - $2,100,000 / Total: $29,564,013
- "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" (Sony) - $1,435,000 / Total: $123,393,000
- "Licorice Pizza" (MGM/UAR) - $1,249,225 / Total: $6,337,000
- "A Journal for Jordan" (Sony) - $1,175,000 / Total: $4,740,000
- "Encanto" (Disney) - $1,050,000 / Total: $91,318,387
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.