December 26, 2021
Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home ended the suspense early, topping $1 billion in projected global ticket sales through Dec. 26, according to industry data. The third webcrawler movie starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man was expected to give China’s war drama The Battle of Lake Changjin ($902 million) a run for top-grossing theatrical release in 2021.
The Sony release is now the first movie to break the $1 billion threshold in the pandemic era — doing so in about 12 days, a good sign for Hollywood and exhibitors that moviegoers are both largely vaccinated and unalarmed by the new Omicron COVID variant. The title generated $81 million across 4,336 North American theaters.
Notably, No Way Home more than doubled ($467 million) the domestic revenue of previous chart topper Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at $224 million.
Among other new releases, Universal/Illumination’s animated musical sequel Sing 2 generated $41 million through the ended Holiday weekend, while Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow’s The Matrix Resurrections realized about $14 million in ticket sales. The fourth installment in the sci-fi franchise — after 18 years — is streaming concurrently on HBO Max as part of WarnerMedia’s 2021 release strategy.
Disney/20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man saw $10 million in ticket sales across 3,180 screens during the extended weekend. Finally, American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story, Lionsgate/Kingdom Story Company’s football-themed biopic, saw $6.2 million in ticket sales.