Spider-Man's Take Surpasses $1B

Hit film posts lower ticket sales than last weekend but still stays on top
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2021 3:40 PM CST
Spider-Man Hits Pandemic Milestone
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Tom Holland in a scene from "Spider-Man: No Way Home."   (Sony Pictures via AP)

Peter Parker's good fortune continued over the holiday weekend as Hollywood prepares to close the books on a turbulent 2021. Even with mighty competition from new Matrix and Sing movies, and rising concerns over the omicron variant, Spider-Man: No Way Home stayed in the No. 1 spot and netted a few more milestones, too, including crossing the $1 billion mark globally. According to studio estimates Sunday, Spider-Man added $81.5 million over the three-day weekend, down 69% from its first weekend, the AP reports. The Sony and Marvel film has now grossed $467 million from North American theaters, more than doubling the domestic grosses of 2021's previous No. 1 film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Spider-Man has grossed $1.05 billion globally, the first film of the pandemic to cross $1 billion. Universal's Sing 2 came in second with an estimated $23.8 million, while Warner Bros.' The Matrix Resurrections grossed $12 million to take third place. The fourth of the series, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, also opened on Wednesday. In fourth place was Disney and 20th Century's The King's Man, a prequel to the action-comedy Kingsman series starring Ralph Fiennes. It came in slightly under expectations with $6.4 million from the weekend and $10 million from its first five days. The Kurt Warner biopic American Underdog opened Saturday and rounded out the top five. Zachary Levi stars as the quarterback who went from undrafted free agent to Hall of Famer.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home, $81.5 million
  2. Sing 2, $23.8 million
  3. The Matrix Resurrections, $12 million
  4. The King's Man, $6.4 million
  5. American Underdog, $6.2 million
  6. West Side Story, $2.8 million
  7. Licorice Pizza, $2.3 million
  8. A Journal for Jordan, $2.2 million
  9. Encanto, $2 million
  10. 83, $1.8 million

(More box office stories.)

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