Spider-Man: No Way Home surged past $10 million on its first day after release, despite rising Omicron cases in the UK. The Marvel film broke records for a Wednesday release, beating out 2021’s previous best set by James Bond.
The Omicron COVID-19 variant is spreading across the UK, forcing people to cancel Christmas parties and postpone shows pending the government imposing tighter restrictions, but that seemed to have no impact on stopping people from seeing the most anticipated superhero movie of the year.
The No Way Home box office reached £7.6 million ($10.1 million) across the UK and Ireland on Wednesday according to figures released by the UK Cinema Association. Not only was a pandemic-era best, beating out James Bond’s No Time To Die, this is the biggest opening day of all time for a Wednesday. The movie beat the Bond box office by £4.8 million ($6.4 million), Bond beating a record that held for two years.
The movie is expected to shatter box office records around the world, notably in the UK where it opened midweek, especially in the COVID era. In North America it is expected to open with $150 million or more, Sony insiders are being understandably conservative saying they expect the movie to make $130 million on its opening day. To date, No Time To Die was the UK’s biggest hit this year where the total box office was just under £100 million having overtaken Avatar. Spider-Man is now fast approaching the U.K.’s second highest-grossing film Skyfall but Star Wars; The Force Awakens remains in the top spot with £123.5 million.
While achieving an impressive feat, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s haul is still short of the UK’s biggest box office opening day of all time, the record belongs to the Marvel predecessor, Avengers: End Game, which earned £11.9 million on its opening day in April 2019.
Globally, Spider-Man is predicted to open with a box office upwards of $300 million.