Sony blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home has recorded an astonishing £31.3m total opening session in the UK and Ireland – the fourth-highest ever in the territory.
The film took £18.9m on Friday to Sunday, added to a huge £12.37m from its first two days, including a £7.6m first day – the highest ever Wednesday opening in the UK and Ireland.
It surpasses the £25.9m opening of Universal’s No Time To Die from October; although that was from four days compared to No Way Home’s five. No Time To Die recorded a slightly higher first weekend of £21m.
Playing in 648 locations, No Way Home recorded a colossal location average of £48,302 including Wednesday and Thursday; and £29,213 at the weekend alone.
Both figures top the £27,231 first weekend location average of No Time To Die.
The only titles with a full opening above No Way Home are 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, the record-holder with £43.4m from four days; 2015’s Spectre with £41.3m from seven days; and 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens with £34m from three days.
Titles No Way Home has topped include 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War with £29.7m; and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi with £28m.
No Way Home’s full opening and opening location average are both the highest in the territory since the pandemic began.
The figures form a significant part of an enormous $588m worldwide opening – the industry’s third biggest of all time. Sony will look to build on this strong start across the holiday period, with cinemas still able to operate at full capacity in the UK, and at 50% in Ireland.
No Way Home is the third stand-alone film for 2012 Screen Star of Tomorrow Tom Holland as the titular superhero, who must face up to foes from the past when a spell by Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, goes awry.
Further UK-Ireland box office results will be available tomorrow.