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Yes, that didn’t take long. After a big opening weekend and continually making money over the course of the week, many predicted that Spider-Man: No Way Home would exceed a billion dollars by the end of the Christmas weekend, and they were proved right.
Analysts estimate No Way Home’s total revenue at $1.05 billion, just a relatively small bit behind Far From Home’s $1.132 billion in 2019. In North America, the film made $81.5 million over the weekend for a current total amount of $467.3 million, and $121.4 million internationally. At 12 days, it’s just behind Avengers: Infinity War as the third-fastest movie ever to hit a billion, with Endgame still taking the top spot to reach that in five. It is also now the MCU’s 10th highest-grossing film, just two places behind Far From Home.
It is no longer just Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film in North America and the only film to have reached this milestone during the pandemic. No Way Home is now the highest-grossing film of 2021, a title previously held by the Chinese war film The Battle at Lake Changjin. It’s safe to say that Sony and Marvel will milk this before anything else when they launch No Way Home’s Oscar Campaign for Best Photo. And as noted elsewhere, this remains without a Chinese release, as none of this year’s theatrical MCU releases have yet to be released there. However, there is even more money to be made as it reaches Japan on January 7.
In second and third place, at least in North America, were Sing 2 and The Matrix Resurrections. The first, a sequel to Illumination and Universal’s 2016 animal karaoke musical starring Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey, cost $41 million. Meanwhile, the divisive Resurrections has scored $22.5 million. (The tracks on HBO Max have yet to be revealed.) Respectable openers to some extent, but make no mistake: Until the next big blockbuster, No Way Home will likely remain number one for quite some time to come.
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