Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel and Sony Pictures’ final part in the Homecoming series, crossed $1 billion in global box office collections, according to Box Office Mojo, becoming the biggest release of 2021.
It also achieved this feat just 12 days after its release and became the third-fastest film to reach the billion-dollar mark. The Jon Watts directorial now follows Avengers: Infinity War (2017) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), which made a billion dollars in 11 and 5 days, respectively.
In India, the film’s collections currently stand at over Rs 165 crore, according to Box Office India.
With actors Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon reprising their roles as Spider-Man, Michelle Jones aka MJ, and Ned Leeds, respectively, No Way Home also features Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange takes over as Spider-Man’s mentor, a role previously fulfilled 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.
No Way Home follows Peter Parker alias Spider-Man as he fights multiple villains from earlier Spider-Man films, who return after Doctor Strange accidentally unleashes the multiverse while trying to help Parker.
The film has crossed multiple milestones since its global release on December 17. It crossed the $600 million mark within five days of its release and cemented its position as the biggest post-pandemic release, without a release in China. This is notable since China provides the biggest consumer market for the entertainment industry. A release there makes a substantial difference to the global box-office collections of a film.
Earlier, the Chinese film The Battle of Lake Changjin, that revolves around the soldiers of the People’s Volunteer Army during the Korean War, collected around $902 million at the domestic box office with no releases outside of China, and surpassed Hollywood titles such as Fast and Furious 9 and No Time to Die, both of which collected over $700 million.
But Spider-Man: No Way Home has now dethroned the Chinese film and become the highest-grossing film of 2021.
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 later chosen to take on the role of the titular superhero in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.