Covid-schmovid: Sony & Marvel’s new Spider-Man: No Way home won the third-largest domestic opening ever, grossing $ 253 million at its grand North American weekend opening.
Box office observers are making optimistic predictions, and analysts see it as the first billion-dollar-grossing film of the Pandemic era.
According to the BoxOfficeMojo website, only Avengers: Endgame ($ 357 million) in 2019 and Avengers: Infinity War ($ 258 million) in the previous year are on its way to box office sales. Spider-Man easily surpassed the initial estimates of $ 130-150 million.
The new superhero blockbuster is on track to earn $ 600 million overseas, industry observer Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. It comes as theaters continue to struggle from months-long Kovid-inspired closures.
“This is an incredible opening,” David A. Gross, franchise’s entertainment researcher, told AFP.
While most big series struggle to maintain their momentum, “Spider-Man explodes.”
However, analysts warn that the industry’s recovery could go a long way, especially amid fears of a new surge in cases of corona virus cases filled with omega-3 variants.
The latest Spider-Man installment is the third solo out of the hugely popular role of British actor Tom Holland, starring Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield in previous films. WebSlinger takes shape when it comes to big openings.
The original film, starring Maguire in 2002, was the first film in film history to gross over $ 100 million in its first weekend.
The No Way Home plot takes place directly from Far From Home in 2019, which saw Peter Parker publicly unravel the villain Mysterio.
In order for No Way Home to gross $ 1 billion worldwide, the film definitely needs to do well in China, where no release date has yet been allowed.
Although 2021 is going to almost double the box office success of last year’s movie theaters, there have been more misses than hits.
Films that lean toward older audiences, such as Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, have generally been bombarded, grossing just over $ 10.5 million last weekend.
The other best movies of the weekend were thus relegated to the far side.
Disney’s Encanto, an animated fantasy with music by Lynn-Manuel Miranda, came in second, earning $ 6.3 million from Friday to Sunday, according to Exhibitor Relations.
The West Side Story of the 20th Century, starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Segueler as star cross-lovers on average streets in New York, was pushed to third place for just $ 3.4 million.
Fourth is Sony’s Ghostbusters: After Life, the latest chapter in that fantastic franchise with $ 3.4 million.
Searchlight’s new crime thriller Nightmare Alle is the fifth. Despite strong reviews, the Guillermo del Toro film grossed only $ 3 million.
House of Gucci ($ 1.9 million)
Eternals ($ 1.2 million)
Clifford the Big Red Dog ($ 400,000)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City ($ 280,000)
Dune ($ 240,000)