Update: Variety is reporting that the official box office haul for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is $260M. The sum places the film as the second-highest opener of all time, just ahead of "Avengers: Infinity War." Sunday estimates initially had the film at $253M, which we reported below.
Leave it to Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and an endless multiverse of possibilities. With a staggering $253M, Sony and Marvel's "Spider-Man: No Way Home" smashed records on its opening weekend, pandemic and otherwise. Marvel's ever-popular web-slinger handily overtook all box office competition, opening well above the $100M pandemic benchmark. The film claimed the highest opening of any "Spider-Man" film and stands with fellow "Avengers" ("Infinity War" and "Endgame") as the third-highest opening weekend of all time.
It's a feat only Marvel, and its Cinematic Universe could provide. Since this summer with "Black Widow," and the fall with "Shang-Chi," MCU movies have been smashing pandemic records. Adding "No Way Home," to the mix, the MCU now accounts for more than 20% of the year's total domestic box office.
Overseas, "No Way Home" collected an additional $334.2M, bringing its total worldwide haul to $587.2M and placing it as the sixth highest global opening of the year. "No Way Home" stands as the biggest December opening of all time. As Deadline points out, for Sony, "No Way Home" is the most lucrative movie in the company's history.
While the record-smashing "Spider-Man: No Way Home" overtook the headlines, other films hoped to compete for a slice of the box office pie. Searchlight debuted its latest Oscar contender, "Nightmare Alley." The horror-noir thriller from Guillermo del Toro opened wide and hoped to compete but could only conjure up just under $3M, placing it fifth. Last week's box office topper, 20th Century's "West Side Story," was overshadowed by Disney's more family-focused "Encanto." As the animated musical took second with $6.5M, Steven Spielberg's musical revival slid to third with $3.4M.
Up ahead is Christmas, and with it comes a stacked weekend of new films debuting before and after the holiday. First up are a set of flicks that look to carve out competition against "Spider-Man" for a slice of the young adult pie. WB's "The Matrix Resurrections" comes to theaters and HBO Max. Lana Wachowski returns to direct the next chapter in the "Matrix" franchise, which sees the return of Keanu Reeves' Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss' Trinity. Also vying for the younger set is 20th Century's historical actioner "The King's Man." A prequel to the popular "Kingsman" movies, this latest adventure tells the origins of the King's highly secretive service.
Universal will have something for kids with "Sing 2," a follow-up to their surprise 2016 animated Christmas hit. Then on Christmas Day, older adults can look forward to a Denzel Washington double-header. The actor stars in the Joel Coen-helmed Shakespeare adaptation, "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (also streaming on Apple TV+). Washington also directs Michael B. Jordan in the wartime drama "A Journal for Jordan." Lastly, for those looking to keep the faith over the holidays, Zachary Levi stars in "American Underdog," the inspirational, true story of NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.
Box Office Top Ten - Dec. 17-19:
- "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (Sony) - $253,000,000 [NEW]
- "Encanto" (Disney) - $6,528,000 / Total: $81,544,607
- "West Side Story" (20th Century) - $3,416,000 / Total: $17,982,021
- "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" (Sony) - $3,400,000 / Total: $117,249,884
- "Nightmare Alley" (Searchlight) - $2,958,000 [NEW]
- "House of Gucci" (MGM) - $1,854,219 / Total: $44,886,084
- "Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1" (Hamsini Ent.) - $1,320,000 [NEW]
- "Eternals" (Disney) - $1,192,000 / Total: $163,598,293
- "Clifford the Big Red Dog" (Paramount) - $400,000 / Total: $48,586,025
- "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" (Sony) - $280,000 / Total: $16,732,990
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.