Spider-Man: No Way Home is the fourth MCU movie of 2021, and the third entry of Tom Holland's Homecoming trilogy. The threequel is directed by Jon Watts, and it features a stellar ensemble mixed with franchise mainstays such as Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, Zendaya's MJ, Jacob Batalon's Ned, and returning Spider-Man villains like Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, and Jamie Foxx.
Marketing for No Way Home mainly focused on the Multiverse and the villains attached to it. Throughout the promotional drive, Sony and Marvel Studios made sure to let fans know that the film will pay tribute to Spider-Man's silver screen history, thus boosting the anticipation even more.
This is on top of the plethora of leaks and rumors that hounded the film in the months leading to its release, which was headlined by the heavily-speculated returns of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's respective Spider-Men.
As a result, No Way Home has been dominating the box office ever since its worldwide premiere, and now, the numbers are in.
How Much Has Spider-Man: No Way Home Earned?
The Hollywood Reporter shared that Spider-Man: No Way Home garnered an estimated $253 million from 4,336 US theaters during its opening weekend, marking the third-biggest domestic debut of all-time at the box office behind Avengers: Endgame ($357M) and Avengers: Infinity War ($257M).
This is far and away the highest pandemic-era opening weekend, obliterating previous record-holder Venom: Let There Be Carnage's October opening ($90M).
In international territories, the MCU threequel grossed $334.2 million, earning a global total of $587.2 million. This is an unprecedented opening as countries around the world grow more concerned over the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Fandango's Erik Davis showed an updated list of the top 5 biggest opening weekends ever in the U.S. after the opening of No Way Home.
1. Avengers: Endgame ($357M)
2. Avengers: Infinity War ($257M)
3. Spider-Man: No Way Home ($253M)
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247M)
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220M)
An Amazing Start for No Way Home
No Way Home is off to an impressive start, and it seems that the hype is far from over as Christmas and New Year's draw closer.
The highly-anticipated MCU threequel has garnered praise from fans on social media, and this will likely influence many more viewers to see the film for the first time. This is on top of those fans who are eager to watch it again after already seeing it during opening weekend.
It's also worth pointing out that early box office projections were shattered after its opening weekend. Box Office Pro projected that the movie would have a $135 million to $185 million opening in the US, which is a far cry from its already confirmed $253 million debut.
Based on the film's current box office trajectory, it's safe to assume that No Way Home will likely earn $1 billion in the box office, which is mightily impressive during the pandemic. It's also worth noting that some territories like the Philippines and Australia have yet to see No Way Home, meaning that box office numbers are likely go up once it premieres in these respective countries.
Box office analysts and insiders will likely monitor No Way Home's performance as the weeks go by since it has a chance of taking a shot at the highest-grossing movies of all time. Despite the leaks and rumors, it appears that Sony Pictures already has a winner under its belt, and it's a good sign that more Spider-Man movies are coming after the threequel.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in most territories worldwide.