The third film in the latest Spider Man reboot has now raked in $253 million in the US, giving it the third-highest grossing opening weekend behind Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War.
Spider Man: No Way Home pulled in about $72 to $74 million on Saturday. It grossed $121.5 million on opening day Friday, along with $50 million during Thursday previews, according to Deadline.
The two-and-a-half-hour movie stars Tom Holland as Spider Man, Zendaya as love interest Michelle Jones-Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange.
No Way Home has no overtaken 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made 247.966 million on opening weekend, as the third best opening of all time.
The film was directed by Jon Watts, who also directed Spider Man: Homecoming in 2017 and ‘Spider Man: Far From Home’ in 2019. It was written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
Spider Man: No Way Home has now brought in $253 million in the US, giving it the third highest opening weekend after the last two Avengers movies
The two-and-a-half-hour movie, starring Tom Holland and Zendaya Coleman, is on pace for a $500 million global opening weekend without counting China
Holland gushed about the numbers on Saturday: ‘You made this possible. Your love and support means the world to me’
On Saturday, Holland said on Instagram: ‘Wow guys I can’t believe these number. You made this possible. Your love and support means the world to me. Thank you thank you thank you and if you haven’t seen Spider-Man no way home yet… merry Christmas and you know what to do.’
No Way Home is heading for a possible $500 million global opening without China, Deadline reports.
The blog had previously reported that the film beat the likes of Avengers: Endgame and The Last Jedi in terms of its Thursday preview haul.
Previews once featured only late-night screenings, but they have steadily moved earlier in the day. The movie began playing around 3pm that day in 3,767 locations.
The movie also broke box office records in the UK, South Korea and Mexico following its release on Wednesday.
The action film set a COVID-era opening day record in Korea with $5.28 million and became the UK’s best Wednesday launch ever as it brought home £7.63 million ($10.1M).
In Mexico, Spider-Man: No Way Home became the biggest opening day in the market ever as it took home $9 million on Wednesday, exceeding Avengers: Endgame.
The film, which features cameos from Spider Man alums Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield, is the biggest opening ever for Sony, which distributed the film produced by Marvel and Columbia Pictures.
The film is Sony’s biggest opener after 2007’s Spider Man 3 starring Tobey McGuire, who appears in the latest film alongside Holland and Andrew Garfield, another former Spider Man
The movie’s released was pushed to a December 17 release date after previously being set for July 16 and November 5.
‘A round of attaboys are in store for Sony’s distribution department on a smart, seismic calendar move,’ Deadline gushed.
It has displaced Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Force Awakens, which came out in 2015 to a $247.97 million opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. That film went on to make $936.7 million.
It sits behind the last to Avengers films, which opened to 257,698,183 in 2018 (Infinity Wars) and 357,115,007 in 2019 (Endgame).
Interestingly enough, it beats out McGuire’s Spider-Man 3, directed by Sam Raimi, as Sony’s biggest opener of the past 14 years. 2007’s Spider-Man 3 opened to $151.1 million – 69 percent less than the latest Spider Man iteration.
No Way Home has displaced Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Force Awakens, which premiered in 2015 to a $247.97 million opening weekend, as the third highest opener in the US
No Way Home has garnered positive reviews from critics, scoring a 94 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a 72 on Metacritic.
Most have praised its cast and emotional appeal, but criticized its running time and formulaic plot.
‘It reaches a point at which the division between sincerity and cynicism doesn’t seem to matter much anymore – it will work for the right people. And that is an art in itself,’ according to The Independent.
The New York Times wrote: ‘Like almost every Marvel production, this one is too long and, at two and a half hours, overstays its welcome. But before that, the movie nicely snaps and pops.’
The Atlantic said: ‘It’s a hectic series of plot twists and deus ex machinas that overturns an entire bucket of action figures and smashes them all together with delight. The film might be a new nadir of cinema – but it’s also an undeniably watchable good time.’
The film’s stars, Holland and Zendaya Coleman, are dating – though they were advised not to by the film’s producer.
Forbidden love? Tom Holland and Zendaya, above on December 10, are Hollywood’s current ‘it couple,’ but they wouldn’t be anything if they took their producer’s advice
Words of advice: ‘I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture,’ Pascal said. ‘Don’t go there — just don’t. Try not to’; seen December 13 in LA
The Spider-Man star and the Euphoria actress, both 25, were reportedly advised to keep their relationship platonic by producer Amy Pascal when they were first cast in Spider-Man, according to The New York Times on Friday.
‘I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture,’ Pascal said. ‘Don’t go there — just don’t. Try not to.’
‘I gave the same advice to Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone],’ the producer revealed. ‘It can just complicate things, you know? And they all ignored me.’
Garfield and Stone met on the set of the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man. Rumors came out that the two were dating in 2011, and they remained together for a few years before apparently breaking up in 2015.
As for the two current Spider-Man stars, their relationship is fairly new. The two were spotted kissing in Los Angeles back in July and made their red carpet debut recently.