Universal Pictures Sets Feb. 22 Home Release Date for Female Spy Thriller ‘The 355’

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set a Feb. 22 digital, DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for the female spy thriller The 355, which was released theatrically in early January and grossed just under $30 million at the box office.

The film also will be available to stream on Peacock that same day.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, with a screenplay from Theresa Rebeck and Kinberg, the films starts when a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands. A wild-card CIA agent, Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain) joins forces with rival German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a lethal mission to retrieve it. The unlikely team must also stay one step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan), who is tracking their every move as the action rockets across the globe.

Bonus features include:

  • Deleted scenes;
  • VFX breakdowns;
  • “Chasing Through Paris,” with cast and filmmakers discussing the first day of shooting on The 355 and how the choreographed chase sequence through the Parisian arcade set the tone for the entire production;
  • “Action That Hurts,” a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts featured in the film’s centerpiece action sequence;
  • “Reconstructing Marrakesh,” a documentary on the creation of the Moroccan set, from footage of construction to a set tour with production designer Simon Elliott; and
  • “Chaos at the City of Dreams,” in which cast and filmmakers deconstruct the film’s final set piece, from exploding ceilings to major shoot-outs, to the ultimate show-down fight between Chastian’s and Sebastian Stan’s characters.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Continues Weekend Box Office Dominance With $33 Million Haul

Sony Pictures’ lucrative webslinger franchise continues to fire on all cylinders. The latest release, Spider-Man: No Way Home, again dominated the weekend box office (through Jan. 9), generating an estimated $33 million in ticket sales across 4,100 North American screens. The tally upped the Tom Holland-starring superhero actioner’s domestic haul to $668 million to make it the sixth-highest grossing North American release in history.

Through the weekend, No Way Home passed Paramount Pictures’ Titanic at $659 million, and Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World with $652 million. The movie is just $10 million behind No. 5 Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War at $678 million. No Way Home has generated more than $1.5 billion in global ticket sales.

Meanwhile, Universal’s animated musical Sing 2 generated around $12 million across more than 3,700 screens to push its North American tally to $100 million — equaling Disney’s Frozen 2 in 2019.

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Finally, Universal’s new female-driven actioner, The 355, met its modest predictions, generating about $5 million across more than 3,000 screens. Co-starring Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Luptia Nyong’o, the movie is set to hit retail channels, including premium VOD, on Jan. 23, and on Peacock Feb. 20, as part of Universal’s shortened box office strategy.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Eyes Fourth Weekend Box Office Win

Sony Pictures’ enduring theatrical blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home is poised to win its fourth-straight North American weekend box office through Jan. 9. The venerable Sony/Marvel Studios franchise film has generated almost $1.4 billion in revenue since its Dec. 17 debut.

Co-starring Tom Holland and Zendaya, No Way Home currently ranks as the top-grossing movie just seven days into 2022, a distinction carried over from 2021.

With an estimated three-day weekend revenue around $27 million, No Way Home could continue its climb up the record books. Entering the weekend, the comic book actioner surpassed Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620.2 million) and Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers ($623.4 million) to rank eighth on the all-time North American revenue chart.

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The movie has a realistic shot at passing Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World ($652.4 million) and Paramount Pictures’ Titanic’s ($659.4 million) if ticket sales, which include Imax screens, continue to resonate.

Lone theatrical runners-up include Universal’s animated musical Sing 2, which is reportedly projected to generate $12 million in revenue ($109 million) since its Dec. 24 debut. The studio’s new release, international actioner The 355, co-starring Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Penélope Cruz and Luptia Nyong’o, is projected to generate $3 million in opening weekend sales.

Returning box office releases this weekend include 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man with projected $2.9 million in ticket sales; Lionsgate’s American Underdog ($2.2 million); Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Matrix Resurrections ($2 million); 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story ($1.6 million); and United Artists Releasing’s Licorice Pizza with $1 million in projected revenue.