Marvel and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home collected $587 million worldwide, which makes it the biggest post-pandemic opening for a movie, according to a Box Office Mojo report. The film has achieved this feat even before its release in China.
The Jon Watts-directorial is the final part in the Homecoming series. It has seen the third biggest global debut of all time behind two other Marvel films – Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2017).
Spider-Man: No Way Home has actors Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon reprising their roles as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, Michelle Jones aka MJ, and Ned Leeds, respectively. Benedict Cumberbatch, who essays Doctor Strange in the MCU, is part of the cast as well. He took over the role of Parker’s mentor, previously occupied by Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and then by Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The story follows Peter Parker alias Spider-Man as he fights multiple villains from earlier Spider-Man films, who return after Doctor Strange unleashes the multiverse to help Parker.
A potential contributing factor behind the film’s massive success could be the appearances of actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man in former films. While Maguire was the first actor to play the character in movies, Garfield appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man films. Holland was introduced as the titular superhero in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
No Way Home released in India on Thursday, a day ahead of its global release (December 17). The film collected a whopping Rs 33 crore in the country on its first day, followed by Rs 20 crore on the second day and Rs 26 crore on the third day, bringing its total tally to Rs 79 crore. India recorded the fifth-highest opening for the movie in the international market.
No Way Home has beaten the box-office collections of Akshay Kumar‘s Sooryavanshi in West Bengal and East Punjab. It is the second biggest Hollywood release of all time in the country after Avengers: Endgame. Across India, the film has clocked in the third-best opening post-pandemic after Vakeel Saab (Telugu) and Master (Tamil).
It remains to be seen how the performance of the film will be affected owing to concerns around the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the surge in cases in countries like the UK, Netherlands, and US.
No Way Home has a current IMDb rating of 9.1.