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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Crosses $1 Billion Mark

Santa Claus was good to the shareholders of Sony Pictures Entertainment this year. Spider-Man: No Way Home, which already busted records in its opening weekend, had a superheroic second weekend, lifting its global tally to $1.05 billion, according to Deadline.

The previous installment in the franchise, Spider-Man: Far From Home, had a worldwide gross of $1.31 billion and is the current record holder for Sony. If the past two years have taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. But it would take a team-up of Peter Parker’s entire rogues’ gallery to prevent the new film, which is Tom Holland’s third Spidey picture, from going all the way to the top.

The movie is the number three Christmas Day release in North America’s box office history, The Hollywood Reporter notes. It is also the 49th picture to cross the $1-billion threshold and the first to do so since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. What’s remarkable is that the Jon Watts-directed film accomplished this without opening in China, an increasingly movie-hungry market.

The film was also victorious despite that pesky omicron variant of the coronavirus you might have heard about. Other movies that likely would have done a little better in a pre-COVID world, such as West Side Story, have failed to convince audiences to spring for a ticket.

Spider-Man: No Way Home may not be art cinema, but one cannot deny its entertainment value in these frustrating times. Social media platforms are awash in videos of audiences going bananas while watching the web-slinging hijinks, and while this may arguably be a violation of some copyright or other, there truly is no better advertising for what has made this thing a phenomenon.

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