“Spider-Man: No Way Home” reveals another big Christmas box office prize.
The grand finale in Sony’s Tom Holland-led superhero trilogy added another $19.6 million from 4,336 theaters Friday, putting the film on track to earn $92 million to $100 million over a traditional weekend. This is a huge box office revenue at a time when many new films (such as “The Matrix Resurrections”, “Sing 2” and “The King’s Man”, among others) are opening up notable ticket sales nationwide. Despite growing concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19, the gross domestic box office will reach its highest levels in a single weekend since 2019 during the lucrative Christmas corridor.
If estimates hold (and let’s face it, they will), Spidey’s latest adventure will have grossed $478 million in its first 10 days in local theaters. That’s more than double the next highest-grossing Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings movie, which grossed $224 million.
Needless to say, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is heading toward box office standards at remarkable speeds. On Sunday, it will become the first pandemic-era movie (and the first since 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) to surpass $1 billion at the global box office. Reaching this milestone despite the rise in COVID-19 cases was impressive enough. But just as notably, “No Way Home” would cross the $1 billion mark without playing in China, which is currently the world’s largest film market.
With “No Way Home” easily retaining the number one spot on the domestic box office charts, Universal’s animated musical musical “Sing 2” surpasses its new co-star, Warner Bros. The sci-fi sequel “The Matrix Resurrections” to land in second place.
Buoyed by strong audience sentiment (the coveted “A+ CinemaScore,” Sing 2’s song raised $5.2 million from 3,892 sites on Friday. Over the five-day window, the animated sequel is expected to reach $42.8 million, on par with expectations. It’s a solid result for a family-friendly movie at a time when parents with young children were more wary about going to the movies.
At number three, the fourth installment of “The Matrix” brought in $2.7 million on Friday, bringing its tally to $13.2 million. The film — directed by Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss — targets a five-day total of about $41 million from 3,550 places while it premieres simultaneously on HBO Max. Right now, he’s rocking the run with “Dune” ($41 million) as the biggest appearance of the year for Warner Bros.
On its way to fourth, Disney and the 20th century movie “The King’s Man” took in $1.2 million Friday from 3,180 screens and is hoping to bring in at least $10 million through Sunday. That amount will be slightly below expectations, as the film will make anywhere from $15 million to $20 million in its five-day debut.
The remastered version of the big-budget Disney movie “West Side Story” landed in fifth place with $546,000 from 2,810 sites. After ticket sales on Friday, the Steven Spielberg-directed musical has grossed $21.6 million so far.
New to the box office charts, Sony’s “A Journal for Jordan” barely topped the top 10. The romantic drama, directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. It’s estimated to make $7 million (more or less) over a typical weekend.
Other new releases nationwide include the Lionsgate sports drama “American Underdog”; Amazon movie The Tender Bar directed by George Clooney and starring Ben Affleck; And MGM’s Licorice Pizza, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, has yet to report total box office sales on Friday.