Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch play the roles of Peter Parker and Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” breaks pandemic cinema records.
Between Thursday preview and Friday Showtimes, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe flick has $ 121.5 million in domestic ticket sales.
“As the industry prepped for the first $ 100 million opening weekend of the pandemic era, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ hit theaters and erased expectations by hitting that mark by the end of Friday.” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
Sony, on the side a co-producer of the film Disney, raised its estimate for the entire weekend, saying the film will now exceed $ 240 million during its debut. His initial guess suggested the film would raise around $ 130 million. Box-office analysts told CNBC that they expect the film to hit around $ 250 million or even $ 265 million.
“The projections have only increased as this film captures the zeitgeist and brings many moviegoers back for the first time during the pandemic,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
“No Way Home” is already the top-grossing opener of the pandemic era, surpassing “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” which grossed $ 90.1 million in theaters in the first three days. It is also likely to land in the top 10 highest opening films in film history as one of only eight films to top $ 200 million on the first weekend, according to Comscore.
Audiences rushed to theaters early this weekend to see “No Way Home” before potential spoilers leaked online. The box office saw a similar fervor in 2019 when Avengers: Endgame was released led to the highest national and global opening ever.
Box office analysts anticipate audiences will return to theaters to see the film multiple times, as they did with “Endgame,” and expect the film to see solid ticket sales over the next several weeks.
“With the incredibly strong word of mouth and the Christmas season in full swing, there is a very real chance this will end up as the second largest opening in history,” said Robbins. “Or at least in the top 4, even with very conservative forecasts, with staying power until well into the new year.”
While “Spider-Man: No Way Home” may not hit the $ 357.1 million opening that “Endgame” generated domestically two years ago, it could top the second highest opener – “Avengers: Infinity War” from 2018 , which was $ 257.6 million or the third highest-ranking “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from 2015 which grossed $ 247.9 million in the first three days.
“This is an event-level performance that will be remembered for a long time because of its incredible importance to both moviegoers and the industry itself,” said Robbins. “It is not only proof of the universal appeal of Marvel and Spider-Man, but also of Sony’s strategy of theatrical exclusivity and the incredible power of the cinema experience together.”