‘Spider-Man’ ignites pandemic field workplace with historic opening By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Cast members Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya and Tom Holland pose for a picture while they attend the premiere of the movie Spider-Man: No Way Home in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 13, 2021 . REUTER

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Spider-Man: No Way Home” raked in a whopping $ 253 million in ticket sales in the US and Canada over the weekend, breaking pandemic and even ranked as the third largest domestic debut in Hollywood history like one spreads new COVID-19 variant.

Around the globe, the distributor estimated “No Way Home” generated an additional $ 334.2 million for a worldwide weekend of $ 587.2 million Sony Corp (T :).

The blockbuster returns gave a much-needed riot to cinema companies like AMC Entertainment (NYSE :), Cinemark, and Cineworld, which struggled to attract crowds during the pandemic. The advent of the Omicron variant https://www.reuters.com/world/threat-omicron-looms-over-christmas-holidays-europe-us-2021-12-19 has raised new concerns.

But when the Rockettes canceled shows on Broadway and New York City and postponed the National Football League games, there was a stir in the theaters. Fans packed auditoriums for “No Way Home,” a budget superhero spectacle hosted by Sony (NYSE 🙂 and Walt. was co-produced Disney (NYSE 🙂 Co that only plays in theaters.

The film stars Tom Holland as Marvel’s web-slinging superhero and Zendaya as his girlfriend MJ in the third film in the Spider-Man trilogy. It also brings back stars from previous “Spider-Man” films.

“This weekend’s historic ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ results from around the world and in the face of many challenges reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact that exclusive motion pictures can have,” said Tom Rothman, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Group from Sony Pictures Entertainment, it said in a statement.

Ticket sales in the US and Canada exceeded last week’s most optimistic forecasts, when analysts thought $ 200 million would be a long way to go. “No Way Home” ended just behind “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War” and before the Star Wars film “The Force Awakens”.

Cinemark said ticket sales for “No Way Home” were particularly strong in the United States and Latin America, as well as on large-format screens.

Holland thanked the fans. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, and if you haven’t seen Spider-Man, there is no way home … Merry Christmas and you know what to do,” he wrote on Instagram.

The fact that the film closed a popular trilogy added to its appeal, said Jeff Bock, senior media analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co, and many fans wanted to see the new installment on the opening weekend before reading spoilers on social media.

SUPERHEROES

The success underscored the continued pull of superhero films into theaters, added Bock, especially among young people who are used to streaming movies at home.

“It underscores the fact that superheroes are number one and everyone else is way down somewhere,” he said.

The previous pandemic record was set by the Marvel superhero film “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/venom-bond-pull-4-mln-people-amc-theaters-over- weekend -2021-10-04, which raised $ 90 million domestically for the first three days of October. Marvel’s “Black Widow” opened in May for $ 80 million.

Other genres have struggled to attract audiences. Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical West Side Story, which garnered rave reviews and Oscar nominations, sold $ 3.4 million in tickets in the US and Canadian markets over the weekend. After two weekends in cinema, the total worldwide amounts to 27.1 million US dollars.

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