Spider-Man: No Way Home raked in more money at the box office than The Batman, despite both films being critically and commercially successful. For the first time in nearly two years, No Way Home proved that theatrical releases are still a viable option for blockbuster films – at least for the time being. Both Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Batman’s box office results shed light on the characters and their respective franchises, which are separated by less than three months.
A movie commemorating Spidey’s two-decade history, Spider-Man: No Way Home was director Jon Watts’ third time behind the wheel. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, two of Spider-most Man’s popular villains from the previous films, made a triumphant return to the franchise, joining Tom Holland as Spider-Man. No Way Home was a blockbuster in the vein of the last two Avengers movies, despite being a stand-alone.
With Robert Pattinson’s performance as Bruce Wayne, The Batman sees a much younger, less experienced Bruce Wayne. Director Matt Reeves was given the task of reimagining the character in a reboot that avoided any ties to the DCEU. While both critics and audiences loved it, The Batman’s box office took in less money than No Way Home did.
A total of $258.2 million was made in the first weekend of The Batman’s release, including $134 million in the United States and $158.2 million abroad After The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, this is the third-best opening weekend for a Batman film for The Batman. The domestic box office took in $260 million, while the international box office took in $340.8 million, making No Way Home’s debut a worldwide success. No Way Home’s domestic box office even surpassed Avengers: Infinity War to become the second-largest domestic opening for a movie in history, behind only Avengers: Endgame. After Infinity War and Endgame, No Way Home had the third-largest global opening ever – behind both.
The Batman has grossed $598 million worldwide in less than two weeks. The domestic box office brought in $300 million, while the international box office brought in $298 million. $800 million domestically and $1 billion in international box office receipts have brought No Way Home to a total of $1.8 billion, making it the highest-grossing film of the year. As a reminder, The Batman’s theatrical run is shorter than that of No Way Home. On April 19, The Batman will premiere on HBO Max, completing a 45-day run in theaters. In contrast, there was a 90-day window between the release of No Way Home in theaters and its home video release.
Many factors contributed to the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home at the box office. Not only is No Way Home the third Spider-Man film, which has always led to strong box office results, but it’s also part of what has been the most successful Spider-Man franchise to date. Far from Home was the first Spider-Man movie to break the $1 billion mark, and its sequel was expected to do at least the same. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was a hit with the public, and he benefited from his inclusion in major crossover events like Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
No Way Home’s success is largely due to its multiversal nature, which is a major factor in the book’s popularity. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, reprising their Spider-Man roles, dominated social media for months before the film’s release, generating organic hype that no marketing campaign could match. For many, the prospect of seeing Maguire and Garfield return as Spider-Man alongside Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made “the third film in the Homecoming trilogy” one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the past decade.
No Way Home’s trailers, secrecy, and overall marketing approach have created a level of hype comparable to Infinity War and Endgame, despite the lack of a decade of buildup like the Infinity Saga had. In light of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s steady success over the past decade, audiences may have forgotten about Spider- Man’s power. No Way Home’s opening weekend box office, as well as its entire theatrical run, owes its success to the film’s potential, the nostalgia factor, and the mystery surrounding Maguire and Garfield’s involvement. This achievement is all the more remarkable in light of the ongoing pandemic, during which many people are still reluctant to frequent movie theaters for fear of contracting the disease.
Almost on par with each other, Batman and Spider-Man enjoy worldwide and domestic recognition for their respective brands. With current Spider-Man and Batman movie franchises, there is no denying that there is a distinct difference between the two characters. Batman begins a new storyline, whereas No Way Home follows the third film in a series. After six years, The Batman had to deal with yet another Batman reboot – the second in a row – while No Way Home ended the first MCU Spider-Man trilogy. With The Batman running about 30 minutes longer than No Way Home, theaters have a smaller number of shows per day.
In addition, the MCU’s financial potential cannot be matched by any other franchise, so Spider-Man: No Way Home’s box office was bolstered by its inclusion in the MCU. As a result of the current DC shared universe’s struggles with both audience acceptance and overall universe planning, The Batman was released as a standalone film independent of the DCEU canon. Robert Pattinson is playing the role of Batman in The Batman, while Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are taking on the role of Batman in The Flash. There was a lot of anticipation for The Batman, but it didn’t compare to No Way Home’s multiple Spider-Man hypes.
Although the film’s box office is expected to fall short of the $1 billion mark, which is the most likely outcome, The Batman’s box office is a success for both DC and Warner Bros. The film has made a clear profit for Warner Bros. and will go down as the third-highest grossing Batman movie of all time, behind only the final two films in the Dark Knight trilogy. In spite of the lack of a shared universe, The Batman appears to be a very successful solo film.