Spider-Man: No Way Home scored a franchise-best estimated $253m North American three-day opening that delivered the biggest debut for Sony Pictures, the third best industry opening of all time and the biggest December launch.
The tentpole’s stellar early performance in spite of a winter Covid surge that has brought tight restrictions across parts of Europe has seen it race to a stunning $587.2m worldwide after the first five days. That results in the highest bow in the 100+ years since Columbia Pictures was founded and includes $334.2m from 60 international markets. Screen will provide a full international update on Monday.
In North America, the web-crawler earned $121.9m on Friday, $73.8m on Saturday and is projected to take $57.4m on Sunday from 4,336 locations including all IMAX and PLF screens.
In the all-time opening weekend pantheon No Way Home overtook the $247.9m debut by Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in December 2015 and ranks only behind Avengers: Endgame on $357.1m in April 2019 and Avengers: Infinity War on $257.7m in April 2018.
Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ motion picture group, said: “This weekend’s historic Spider-Man: No Way Home results, from all over the world and in the face of many challenges, reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact that exclusive theatrical films can have when they are made and marketed with vision and resolve.
“All of us at Sony Pictures, are deeply grateful to the fabulous talent, both in front of and behind the camera, that produced such a landmark film. Thanks to their brilliant work, this Christmas everyone can enjoy the big screen gift of 2021’s mightiest superhero – your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.”
Tom Holland stars in No Way Home and Jon Watts directed. The cast includes Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei.