December 21, 2021
The accolades keep coming for Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home. Imax reported that the opening weekend for the webslinging superhero generated $36.2 million on 834 Imax screens across 77 markets globally, including $22 million in North America.
Even without opening in China, No Way Home was the biggest global opening weekend ever for Imax, and the biggest opening weekend since April 2019. And it was the largest Imax opening ever for a “Spider-Man” film.
Filmed with Imax certified digital cameras, No Way Home was shown in the exhibitor’s exclusive 1.90:1 expanded aspect ratio for the entirety of the film, only in Imax theatres.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home is an exclamation point on the comeback we’ve seen at the box office in 2021, and an emphatic reminder of the unique power of the theatrical experience to unite audiences worldwide in a global event,” Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax, said in a statement.
Internationally, 15 markets posted their biggest Imax opening weekend ever, including Mexico, India, Italy, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Imax theaters generated enormous per screen averages around the world, including standout markets such as Denmark ($111,000 through Saturday), HongKong ($106,000), Sweden ($94,000), Australia ($83,000), Taiwan ($69,000, Finland ($67,000), Saudi Arabia ($62,000), South Korea ($60,000), U.K. ($59,000) and Egypt ($55,000).
No Way Home will continue in the Imax global network through the new year, with Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Matrix Resurrections also arriving in select Imax theaters on Dec. 22.
“With these historic results, Imax continues to see blockbuster releases generate box office at or exceeding pre-pandemic levels — which is very encouraging heading into [the] 2022 slate,” Gelfond said.