Spider-Man: No Way Home has raised the bar for expectations, not only for the year but in the entire history of the MCU. After waiting out teases for nearly two years, fans finally have the chance to catch the film’s premiere. The threequel in Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man franchise has created the same publicity, if not more, that Avengers: Endgame did. This included teasing the return of old villains, opening up the Multiverse, and exaggerated rumours regarding certain cameos. The film is officially now screening in theatres worldwide. The apparent blockbuster stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx.
Something worth considering amidst the massive amount of admiration is how the film will fare in numbers at the box office. Following the ill events of the global pandemic, movies only started getting screened in theatres in 2021, which is why the expectations throughout the year have been low. However, No Way Home seems the only movie unbothered by COVID. The film created the hope for audiences to receive a staggering superhit that stays for long.
The initial numbers are quickly flocking in. And it appears as if No Way Home is already creating history at the domestic box office.
UPDATE (Saturday AM): The numbers for its big Friday opening are in. And apparently, Spider-Man: No Way Home is nothing short of a boon for theatre owners this Christmas. The film has covered up for the entire year.
The movie earned 121.5 million dollars domestically on Friday, December 17. This is more than any previous pandemic-era record opening, surpassing even Black Widow’s $39.5 million. The numbers Spider-Man: No Way Home’s opening as the second-highest Friday opening of all time, just behind Avengers: Endgame ($157 million). It even beats Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($119 million) and Avengers: Infinity War ($106 million).
The box office analysts have their projections ready. And they believe that No Way Home’s domestic opening weekend will cross $240 million. This would ascertain the Tom Holland-led threequel to become the fourth-highest opening weekend earner ever.
These numbers are pretty impressive. More so because Sony expected the movie to gross a conservative $150 million at the box office in its opening weekend. And enough, the film has crossed even the most reassuring calculations.
ORIGINAL (Friday AM): Additionally, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Thursday night preview earnings at the box office are stunning.
As per the reports by Variety, No Way Homemade a staggering $50 million during its first night in North America. Through this, the movie crushed the pandemic-era opening night record previously held by Black Widow ($13.2M). Thus setting a statement by being the third-highest opening of all time. And even eclipsing blockbusters like Avenger: Infinity War ($38M) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($45M).
Usually, the previews start screening at 6 in the evening. But No Way Home went overboard by beginning at 3 pm on Thursday. Avengers: Endgame made $60 million, followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens earning $57 million at their opening previews. At this speed, it appears as if Spider-Man: No Way Home will effortlessly have the largest opening weekend. And eventually, turn out to be the highest-earning movie of 2021.
After a long and arduous wait, Spider-Man: No Way Home has finally hit the screens. And as expected, the film has started intensely. After all, $12 million more than Avengers: Infinity War on a Thursday night is no small feat. The film has led people to entirely dismiss the pandemic lurking over our heads for more than two years. Which makes us think. How much more could, would, and should the film make if the safety and health concerns worldwide were of no problem.
Looking at the short-term projections, No Way Home will aim to make over $200 million at the domestic opening box office. It will likely pass Black Panther ($202M) and The Avengers ($207.4M). I am ultimately settling for breaking the records of Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7M).
As for the worldwide market, the true enormity of the film will be ascertained with time. For now, China (the largest box office in the world) does not plan to release No Way Home in their theatres. Because Sony films like Venom and Spider-Man have been received generously at the Chinese box office in the past. It is safe to say that if tapped, the market could bring in a massive, if not impressive, box office haul.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theatres worldwide. Grab your seat!