It’s been a while since Movies In Focus did any sort of deep-dive into box office analysis. That stuff doesn’t interest me like it used to, mainly because I no longer have a dog in the fight. In the good old days, you could follow actors and directors that you liked, checking out their successes or failures on opening weekend. But box office means very little today – and most good movies are either being ignored by the paying public or going straight to streaming.
Sony has officially announced that Spider-Man: No Way Home has secured the second highest opening ever at the US box office with a $260 million first weekend gross.
Having said that, the huge opening of Spider-Man: No Way Home cannot be ignored. Reports are stating that the film’s opening weekend take of $257.64 -$260.6 million is enough to make it the second best debut of all-time – putting it head of Avengers: Infinity War‘s $257.67 million in 2018 and behind the launch of Avengers: Endgame‘s $357.1 million in 2019. On a global level it would seem like the Tom Holland starring superhero movie is set to gross more that $587 million.
The Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina starring Marvel movie also marks the highest opening weekend ever for Sony Pictures.
After just three days, the Peter Parker adventure is now the highest grossing movie of the year at the US box office and the sixth highest grossing film of the year globally. Expect Spider-Man: No Way Home to move further up that list and top $1 billion globally when all is said and done.
Things haven’t been so good elsewhere at the box office. After last weekend’s disappointing $10.5 million debut, Steven Spielberg’s well reviewed West Side Story grossed just $3.4 million, upping the $100 million musical’s ten day cume to just $18 million. Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro’s $60 million Nightmare Alley grossed just $3 million during its first weekend. del Toro’s follow-up to the successful, The Shape Of Water stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Toni Collette.
The gulf box office gulf between tent-pole movies and everything else continues to widen.