The worldwide box office for Tom Holland’s NWH has officially surpassed $1 billion. Marvel Studios’ final 2021 co-production with Sony Pictures is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which stars Tom Holland for the sixth time as Peter Parker. The COVID-19 pandemic caused several delays in the film’s production, and it was finally released on December 17th, 2021, in the United States.
Box office projections predicted the biggest-ever opening weekend for a Spider-Man movie, and the anticipation for the film was at an all-time high. In this new film incarnation of the web-slinger, marketers promised that Tom Holland’s Parker would face off against such villains as Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Fan expectations were exceeded when the movie opened to record-breaking box office receipts.
As confirmed by Deadline, Tom Holland’s NWH has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. NWH’s $1.05 billion domestic gross is the highest-grossing film of 2021. This has also made it Sony’s second-highest-grossing movie of all time after just 12 days. To make matters even more impressive, it’s also the first film in over a decade to gross $1 billion worldwide. And without a doubt, it did so entirely independent of Chinese audiences.
The success of this Marvel Studios project may seem routine. However, in an era where pandemic countermeasures have significantly impacted the film industry, it represents a considerable achievement. After introducing vaccines and a better understanding of how to combat COVID-19, moviegoers began returning to the theatres cautiously in the early summer of 2021. Box office numbers for delayed blockbusters have made studios more confident.
Nonetheless, they pale compared to the nine films that grossed more than $1 billion this year. Because of the apprehension of audiences about reentering a crowded theatre, studios have begun streaming their blockbuster movies. Several WB’s key releases have seen box office problems in part. This is because HBO Max has committed to making Warner Bros.’s entire 2021 slate available to subscribers. These include The Suicide Squad and The Matrix Resurrection.
A positive sign for moviegoing in 2022 may be on the horizon if the virus can be contained. The success of NWH shows that moviegoers are still willing to go to an event film. Furthermore, they have more faith in the general public’s ability to keep them safe. In light of the underwhelming performances of films like Nightmare Alley and The Last Duel, it’s difficult to argue that Disney and Marvel’s box office dominance trickles down to independent films vying for audiences.
Tom Holland recently blasted Martin Scorsese for saying in 2019 that superhero films were not “real cinema”. To be sure, the results of NWH are encouraging news for cinema exhibitions. This was thought to be on the verge of collapse just a year ago.