“Spider-Man” rakes in $ 253 million in North American opening:

Covid-schmovid: Sony and Marvel’s new “Spider-Man: No Way Home” marked the third-largest nationwide opening of all time, grossing around $ 253 million when it was massively opened over the weekend in North America North.

Box office watchers are making hopeful predictions, with analysts seeing it as the potential first billion dollar film of the pandemic era.

Its box office sales follow only 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” ($ 357 million) and the previous year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($ 258 million), according to the BoxOfficeMojo website. “Spider-Man” easily topped early estimates by $ 130 million to $ 150 million.

The new superhero blockbuster is on track to earn $ 600 million overseas, the exhibitor relations industry observer reported on Sunday. And it comes as theaters continue to fight against Covid-induced shutdowns for months.

“It’s an incredible opening,” David A. Gross, who heads Franchise Entertainment Research, told AFP. While most major series struggle to keep their momentum going, he added, “‘Spider-Man’ is blowing up.”

Analysts, however, are warning that the industry’s recovery still has a long way to go, particularly amid fears of a further rise in coronavirus cases fueled by the Omicron variant. The latest installment of Spider-Man is British star Tom Holland’s third solo outing in the hugely popular role, played in previous Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films.

The webslinger has form when it comes to large openings. The original film starring Maguire in 2002 was the first film in movie history to gross over $ 100 million in its debut weekend.

Braise $ 1 billion in the world

The plot of “No Way Home” picks up directly from 2019’s “Far From Home”, which saw Peter Parker publicly exposed by villainous Mysterio. China, where it has yet to get a release date.

While 2021 is set to roughly double the box office in theaters from last year, there have been more hiccups than successes. million last weekend.

The other flagship films of this weekend have thus been relegated to the background.

Disney’s “Encanto”, a fantasy animated with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, placed second for the Friday-Sunday period with $ 6.3 million, according to exhibitor relations. 20th-century “West Side Story”, with Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler playing doomed lovers on the wicked streets of New York City, slipped to third place, to just $ 3.4 million.

In fourth place was Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” the latest chapter in this supernatural franchise, also at $ 3.4 million. And in fifth place, Searchlight’s new crime thriller “Nightmare Alley”. Despite good reviews, Guillermo del Toro’s film only grossed $ 3 million.

To complete the top 10:

  • “House of Gucci” ($ 1.9 million)
  • “Eternals” ($ 1.2 million)
  • “Clifford the Big Red Dog” ($ 400,000)
  • “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” ($ 280,000)
  • “Dune” ($ 240,000)

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