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‘Spider-Man: No way home’ becomes first pandemic-era movie to smash $1 billion milestone globally

  • Dec 27, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
  • Number of views: 25548
  • Cinema/Showbiz
Peter Parker's good fortune carried right into the holiday weekend. 
Even with some mighty competition from new "Matrix" and "Sing" movies, and rising concerns about the omicron variant, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" stayed in the No. 1 spot at the box office and crossed the $1 billion mark globally.
According to studio estimates Sunday, "Spider-Man" added $81.5 million for the three-day weekend, down 69% from its first weekend. 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."
With $587.1 million from 61 overseas markets, "Spider-Man" has grossed $1.05 billion globally, making it the highest earner of the pandemic. It's the first film of the pandemic to cross $1 billion and the second-fastest film ever to do so – and without the benefit of being released in China. 
"Sing 2" came in second place with an estimated $23.8 million, while "The Matrix Resurrections" pulled in $12 million to take third place.
The animated musical "Sing 2" features high-profile celebrity talent including Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Bono, as well as a jukebox soundtrack full of well-known hits. Since being released Wednesday, the film has made $41 million ($1.6 million of that from Thanksgiving weekend showings) from North America and $65 million worldwide. 
"We're extraordinarily pleased," says Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution.
Orr says the movie's stellar CinemaScore grades (audiences gave it an A-plus) suggest the film will continue to perform well while kids are out of school for the holidays. 
The fourth "Matrix" also opened Wednesday and has earned an estimated $22.5 million in its first five days in North America. The film, directed by Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, is currently streaming on HBO Max as well. Globally, it's grossed $69.8 million to date.
In fourth is "The King's Man," a prequel to the action-comedy "Kingsman" series starring Ralph Fiennes. It came in slightly under expectations with $10 million from its first five days. The audience skewed heavily male (65%).