December 19, 2021
AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibitor in the world, announced that Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home broke its opening-night box office records. The movie was the single-highest grossing movie title on its opening night in the chain’s history, for a title opening in the month of December. It also was the second-highest grossing movie title on its opening night of all-time, falling just short of Avengers: Endgame, which opened in 2019.
Approximately 1.1 million people attended a screening at a U.S. AMC theater on Friday, Dec. 17. This was the single highest number of people watching one movie on one day at an AMC screen during all of calendar years 2020 and 2021. Attendance for Spider-Man at AMC’s international theaters was also robust.
“Needless to say, we are ever so happy to see a record-setting number of people returning to the cinema to capture the magic offered at AMC movie theatres,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.
Separately, Cinemark, which operates 4,440 screens across the Century, Tinseltown and Rave brands in the United States, said enthusiasm for No Way Home set a U.S. box office record, delivering the chain’s best opening night of all time. Ticket sales for the movie skyrocketed through advance sales and continued until opening, with a meaningful portion of fans returning to the theater for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Cinemark said consumer demand to see the live-action superhero movie in an ultra-immersive auditorium resulted in record-setting XD purchases.
“The sheer volume of people who came to see this film on the biggest screen, many for the first time since the pandemic, underscores the irreplaceable value of the in-theater experience, which we are thrilled to continue to offer in collaboration with our studio partners,” said Justin McDaniel, SVP of global content. “Congratulations to the entire Sony team for a remarkable opening performance for their latest blockbuster.”