'Spider-Man: No Way Home' reaches new box office heights in US
The Tom Holland-starrer superhero film domestically grossed $609 million after its third weekend
No other movie has come close to this number in the US
The film has also officially become Sony Pictures' highest-grossing movie of all time
Ever since its release on December 17, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ has been going strong at the box office, weekend after weekend.
The Tom Holland-starrer superhero film domestically grossed a whopping $609 million after its third weekend, according to a Reuters report.
At least in the US and Canada, no other movie has come close to this number.
The film has also officially become Sony Pictures' highest-grossing movie of all time, overtaking Spider-Man: Far From Home. Now, the studio's top five domestic movies are No Way Home with $516.4 million, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $404 million, Spider-Man with $403 million, Spider-Man: Far From Home with $390 million, and Spider-Man 2 with $336 million, according to an IGN report.
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' not only shattered pandemic-era box office records, but it also became the third-best opening of all time behind "Avengers: Endgame" ($357.1 million) and "Avengers: Infinity War" ($257.7 million), reported AP.
"This weekend's historic 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' results, from all over the world and in the face of many challenges, reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact that exclusive theatrical films can have when they are made and marketed with vision and resolve," Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
"All of us at Sony Pictures are deeply grateful to the fabulous talent, both in front of and behind the camera, that produced such a landmark film," he added.
Spiderman is expected to continue its streak until at least mid-January, owing to a lack of any major competition, until 'Scream' releases on January 14.
'No Way Home' writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers said that initially the latest 'Spider-Man' sequel was to release after 'Doctor Strange' in the Multiverse of Madness, but the latter got pushed back due to the pandemic.
“When we started breaking the story and even started writing the script, we followed Doctor Strange 2 in the timeline,” Chris said, adding. “So then during pre-production, things got pushed and changed. We were supposed to start shooting in July of 2020 and it became November of 2020, our release date got pushed from July 2021 to December 2021 – there were a lot of things flipping around," they told The Wrap.
But it was how Loki introduced the concept of multiverse when 'No Way Home' was still being made that changed things around.
Erik said, “We were already down this road when that Loki finale happened. We all felt like, this really helps. This is great, because it shows that there is trouble in the multiverse.”
The writers admit that the events of Loki finale weren’t planned to coincide with No Way Home but in the end, it all worked out that way regardless.