Marvel and Sony Pictures’ final part in the Homecoming series, the Jon Watts-directorial recently collected over $1 billion worldwide within 12 days of its release. In doing so, No Way Home also dethroned the Chinese film The Battle at Lake Changjin to become the biggest film of 2021.
The Tom Holland-starrer trails behind Avengers: Infinity War (2017) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) in terms of fastest films to earn a billion dollars. The two Avengers films are also the only other Hollywood movies to make it into the 200 crore club in India.
With Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon reprising their roles as Peter Parker, Michelle Jones or MJ, and Ned Leeds, respectively, No Way Home also features Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. The film 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.
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 later took on the role of the titular superhero in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Despite a multitude of releases in India during the Christmas holiday season, only No Way Home and Pushpa managed to garner good collections. The Telugu film starring Allu Arjun recently crossed Rs 200 crore mark as well. Meanwhile, Hindi films like 83 continue to underperform.
According to the BOI report, No Way Home is likely to end up with nett collections in India in the Rs 220-225 crore range. It remains to be seen if its business is stumped by the restrictions recently imposed by several states to stem the spread of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. While these restrictions could adversely affect the Hollywood film, the postponement of big-ticket releases like RRR leaves the Indian audience with fewer choices, which could work in the favour of No Way Home.