No Way Home Breaks Billion Dollar Bar at Global Box Office

Your friendly Spider-Man neighborhood is a worldwide phenomenon.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” surpassed the billion dollar mark at the global box office on Sunday, making it the highest-grossing film of the year shaken by the pandemic, according to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“No Way Home” reached this financial milestone after only two weeks in multiplexes. The superhero smash grossed $ 467.3 million in North American theaters and an additional $ 587.1 million in international markets, the studio said.

The film also easily conquered the three-day weekend in North America, grossing an estimated $ 81 million at 4,336 locations in the United States and Canada.

Peter Parker’s rise to the top of the box office charts came even as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spread rapidly in the United States, raising new concerns about indoor activities.

The film exceeded “even the most lofty expectations and amid the headwinds presented by the omicron variant,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, a company that tracks box office data.

The last movie to hit $ 1 billion in worldwide ticket sales was “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (2019), according to Comscore.

“No Way Home” is the third chapter in the Spider-Man film cycle starring Tom Holland and Zendaya. The latest installment features a supporting round of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Marvel wizard Doctor Strange.

The series is a collaboration between Disney-owned Marvel Studios and Sony, which owns the film rights to the Spider-Man character.

“Sing 2,” an animated musical starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, took No. 2 on the national charts, earning $ 23.76 million at 3,892 theaters in the United States and Canada. (The film was distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

The other major novelties of the holiday weekend resulted in lower sales performance.

“The Matrix Resurrections,” the fourth installment in the mind-boggling sci-fi series, raised $ 22.5 million in North America after its debut on Wednesday, including $ 12 million over the three-day weekend, according to Warner Bros.

“Resurrections” premiered simultaneously on the ad-free version of the HBO Max streaming service. The platform does not publicly disclose audience data, making it difficult to accurately estimate how many people saw the film on its opening weekend.

The new “Matrix” has so far received mixed critical response, scoring 66% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- in CinemaScore’s exit polls on Sunday morning.

“The King’s Man,” the third entry in Matthew Vaughn’s brutal “Kingsman” spy series, landed $ 10 million in North American theaters after its debut on Wednesday, including $ 6.3 million in the three day weekend.

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