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Spider-Man: No Way Home shattered numerous records in its box office debut and is the first Hollywood release of the COVID-19 era to achieve blockbuster status even as worries about the omicron variant grow.
The Sony movie, made in partnership with Disney’s Marvel Studios, grossed a staggering $600.8 million in its worldwide debut, including a weekend launch of $260 million in the U.S. and Canada and $340.8 million from elsewhere, per Sony numbers released Monday morning.
If all goes as planned, the film will be the first title in two years to clear the $1 billion mark at the global box office by the end of its run. Another tidbit: Nine out of every 10 moviegoers turned out to watch the web-slinger, according to analytics firm EntTelligence.
No Way Home, reuniting director Jon Watts and Spidey star Tom Holland, combines three generations of Spider-Man movies and includes previous villain actors Willem Dafoe (2002’s Spider-Man), Alfred Molina (2004’s Spider-Man 2) and Jamie Foxx (2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The movie’s cast also features Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau and Benedict Wong (alongside several surprise stars).
Below are the records set by Spider-Man: No Way Home, not adjusted for inflation.
Third-Biggest Worldwide Opening of All Time
The only films to open higher were Avengers: Endgame ($1.2 billion) and Avengers: Infinity War ($640.5 million). No Way Home supplanted The Fate of the Furious ($541.9 million) to take the No. 3 spot. Excluding China, No Way Home ranks as the No. 2 opening of all time behind Endgame.
Biggest Worldwide Opening of All Time for Sony’s Columbia Pictures
Spider-Man 3 in 2007 was the previous biggest ($381.7 million).
Second-Biggest Domestic Debut of All Time
Avengers: Endgame leads the list of top openings with $357 million. No Way Home edged out Avengers: Infinity War ($257.6 million) to place second, followed by Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million) and Jurassic World ($208.8 million).
Biggest December Opening of All Time
Spidey supplanted Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened to $529 million in 2015.
No Way Home is only the fourth live-action superhero film to receive the coveted audience grade after The Avengers, Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame.
Biggest opening of all time in Mexico with a five-day debut of $32.4 million. Second-biggest opening of all time in India for a Hollywood title ($18.2 million). Third-biggest opening weekend ever in Australia ($18.7 million), and fifth-biggest in Russia ($17.4 million in Russia). Among smaller markets, the biggest opening weekend ever in Ukraine ($2.4 million) and Turkey ($1.4 million).
Upcoming openings include Japan (Jan. 7), while a date for China has yet to be announced.
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