With anticipation for Spider-Man: No Way Home at an all-time high, it raises the question whether fan fervor can be turned into box office results. The MCU has had an uneven year earnings-wise with the releases of Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals, so all eyes are on Tom Holland's third solo outing and if it will break a billion.
If the mania surrounding No Way Home's pre-sales are anything to go by though, it appears that the threequel may be what Marvel and Sony need to dominate the box office. The surge of ticket buyers has led to theater websites crashing, sparking fan outrage and outcry. Demand for early tickets has even resulted in some seats being scalped for thousands of dollars online.
With some comparing the experience to Avengers: Endgame, the results of the overwhelming fan enthusiasm can now be seen.
No Way Home Achieves Spectacular Pre-Sales Launch
Canadian theater chain Cineplex shared that Spider-Man: No Way Home is the company's biggest pre-sale ticketing launch to date:
"Spider-Fans made history yesterday! #SpiderManNoWayHome is officially our biggest pre-sale ticketing launch of all time!"
Fandango's Erik Davis revealed that Fandango has similarly impressive results, with Spider-Man: No Way Home having the "biggest 1st day of pre-sales at Fandango since Avengers: Endgame."
Davis also noted that it only took the Spider-Man threequel two hours to break the previous 2021 record belonging to fellow MCU entry Black Widow:
"#SpiderManNoWayHome had the biggest 1st day of pre-sales at @Fandango since #AvengersEndgame. It only took TWO HOURS for it to break the 2021 record, previously held by #BlackWidow. Other films it topped include AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR & both LAST JEDI & RISE OF SKYWALKER."
Spider-Man's Amazing Pre-Sales Results
From these impressive records alone, it appears that fans have put Spider-Man: No Way Home in a comfortable position for its upcoming box office earnings. Being able to match the likes of Avengers: Endgame is no small feat considering the fourth Avengers flick was the highest-grossing film in history for a time.
Combined with anecdotal evidence from fans about their ticketing experience, No Way Home seems to have ample ammunition to potentially topple Marvel and Sony's other 2021 offerings.
Thus far, Venom: Let There Be Carnage leads the pack, having grossed $469 million globally. This is likely due to the character's popularity, the actors involved, and the surprisingly high earnings of the first film. The exciting contents of No Way Home in tandem with these pre-sales records being smashed may very well mean that the Venom sequel's box office gains will be surpassed.
Spider-Man: No Way Home releases in theaters on December 17, 2021.