Spider-Man: No Way Home has just become the first film to gross $1 billion at the worldwide box office in two years.
The last film to reach such heights was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December of 2019. After the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world, movie theaters closed down and the box office began collecting cobwebs.
The highest grossing movie worldwide in 2020 ended its run with half of what No Way Home currently has made ($1.06B). And while 2021 has seen its box office improve, it has still struggled to replicate its pre-pandemic haul.
I finally saw Spider-Man: No Way Home last night, and my local theater was packed. I hadn’t seen a theater that busy since Avengers: Endgame opening night. Leave it to Spider-Man to bring the theatrical experience back in full force.
As it currently stands, No Way Home is Sony‘s 2nd best film of all time, behind only Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.13B). However, industry analysts believe the third solo outing for Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man could easily reach a grand total of $1.75B. If that happens, it will net Sony and Marvel / Disney an estimated profit of $610M. Not too shabby.
Oh, and for those keeping track of records, No Way Home is one of the only movies of the modern era to reach $1B without any help from China. It also reached the $1B mark in 12 days, which is the third-fastest a film has ever gotten to that mark. Only Avengers: Infinity War (11 days) and Avengers: Endgame (5 days) have it beat. Honestly, I’d be surprised if any film ever grosses $1B faster than Endgame, and yes I’m including Avatar 2. Those films are going to underperform hard, y’all. (And by underperforman, I mean probably only make $1B each instead of $2.5B)
Spider-Man: No Way Home is still playing in theaters, so you have plenty of time to help bolster its final box office numbers. But remember, if you’ve seen No Way Home, DO NOT SPOIL IT in the comments below. Instead, head over to our No Way Home spoiler thread here. Thanks! You are a true Screenager.
Thoughts on the current box office? Which film do you think will cross the $1B mark next? Share your predictions down in the comments below.