It is to no one’s surprise that Spider-Man: No Way Home has been a tremendous success, both domestically and internationally. It is, in fact, the first film during the pandemic era to reach over $1 billion in the international box office.
Tom Holland’s third episode as Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man was without a doubt the most anticipated film of 2021. After all the momentum and hype built up from the trailers revealing all five of the previous Spider-Man villains, the film was set up for success. Sony / Marvel / Disney did a fantastic job in marketing and using social media to their advantage to create all kinds of speculations on the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as two Spider-Men from the multiverse. The film has been out two weekends now, and it is not slowing down in cinema ticket sales at all. On the contrary, the Christmas holiday weekend has pushed sales through the roof.
In the US and Canada alone, Spidey and friends generated a total of $467.3 million in just two weeks. Worldwide, the film has had an incredible holiday weekend and is now grossing over $1 Billion. No Way Home has now become the third-fastest movie to ever reach that mountainous global number, just behind Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It is nothing short of remarkable considering that both Avenger movies were released before the pandemic in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The massive box office success of Marvel’s fan-favorite superhero has dire consequences for its competitors running in movie theaters at this time. Namely, Matrix Resurrections is suffering greatly from competing against the teenage superhero. The Warner Bros. production has generated a global of $69.8 million, which is far under the $100 million that the movie was originally projected to make. Although the film still has time to reach its full potential, it is just now coming out in movie theaters in Australia and other Southeast Asian countries.
No Way Home has not only become the most successful box office film of 2021 but is now running for pre-pandemic records. The film truly marks the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with Endgame and Black Widow. Looking into the future, it will be very hard for Marvel / Disney to come close again to these levels of excitement and box office numbers.