Don’t underestimate Peter Parker.
That’s the takeaway this weekend after Sony’s comic book adventure Spider Man No Way Home crushed box office expectations, generating a mammoth $253 million from 4,336 theaters in North America.
It was easily the best domestic opening weekend turnout of any movie in pandemic times. Prior to this weekend, no other COVID-era film had been able to cross even $100 million in a single weekend. The biggest domestic debut had belonged to another Sony’s comic book sequel, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” which generated $90 million to start.
The final chapter in the Tom Holland-led trilogy had initially been expected to gross $130 to $150 million over the weekend, but it quickly squashed those estimates. On its first day alone, the film collected $121 million. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” had a particularly huge Friday because die-hard Marvel fans wanted to be among the first to watch the movie and avoid spoilers online. After only three days in cinemas, it’s already the highest-grossing film of this year (and last).
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