Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third film in the Homecoming series, might become one of the biggest post-pandemic films in terms of advance collections in India, according to Box Office India.
On Sunday, Sony Pictures India opened the advance bookings for the film that is set to release in the country on December 16.
Despite bookings being limited to multiplex chains such as Imax, PVR, and Inox, the film collected Rs 50 lakh nett within the first hour, as per the BOI report.
Avengers: Endgame and Baahubali: The Conclusion currently hold the first two spots among films with the biggest advances of all time in India.
The BOI report states that Spider-Man: No Way Home appears poised to get the biggest advance in India in the post-pandemic era. It further adds that while advance counters were not opened for Sooryavanshi at most theatres, even with pre-bookings, the Akshay Kumar-starrer would still not have matched the advance of Spiderman No Way Home. However, the report notes that this does not mean a better opening than Sooryavanshi as the on-the-day crowd is far stronger for big Hindi films.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home will see Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon reprise their roles as Peter Parker, Michelle Jones or MJ, and Ned Leeds, respectively. Benedict Cumberbatch, who essays Doctor Strange in the MCU, joins the cast as well. He will reportedly take 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 after the death of Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame.
No Way Home follows Peter Parker aka Spider Man as he fights multiple villains from earlier Spider Man films, who return after Doctor Strange unleashes the multiverse to help Parker. Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, Lizard, and Sandman all appear in the film’s trailer that was released in November. While Green Goblin was the original villain in the first-ever Spider Man film in 2002 starring Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus and Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman appeared in Spider Man 2 and Spider Man 3, respectively.
As several villains from earlier Spider Man films appear in the trailer, Marvel fans expect Maguire and Andrew Garfield (who headlined The Amazing Spider Man series) to be part of the movie as well. However, neither has made an appearance in any of the promotional materials so far. Garfield, in fact, denied being a part of the film during an interaction with Variety in September.