Spider-Man: No Way Home continued to gobble up the holiday box office, earning a spectacular $81.5 million over the 3-day holiday period, raising its domestic total to $467.3 million after just two weeks in theaters, per Deadline. That number represents a -69% decline, but keep in mind that Christmas landing on Saturday clearly took away some of Spidey’s business. The weekend total marks the third-highest Christmas Day ever behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($49.3 million) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ($32.1 million).
Of note, the trade mentions that Spidey has sold 38 million tickets, which is astonishing.
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Worldwide, the superhero film surpassed $1.05 billion, making it the first film of the pandemic era to reach the billion-dollar milestone, and obviously the top-grossing film of 2021. The flick is the third fast movie to hit $1 billion globally behind Avengers: Infinity War (11 days) and Avengers: Endgame (5 days).
Coming in second on the domestic front was the animated sequel Sing 2, which collected $23.76 million over its first three days and $41 million over the 5-day holiday period. The film collected $8.42 million on Christmas Day, which was 61% higher than its Christmas Eve total, and looks like it will enjoy a successful run with families flocking to the musical.
Meanwhile, Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections earned just a 3-day $12 million/5-day $22.5 million in its first week, far below studio estimates. There’s a lot to unpack here, but the film, which earned middling reviews and has so far divided audiences, also saw its attendance hampered by a day-and-date HBO Max release, its R-rating, and the Christmas holiday. Plus, No Way Home is soaking up a lot of its business.
Still, considering its brand name, and star Keanu Reeves, whose John Wick films have done big business, one would expect higher numbers for a sequel to the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy.
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Elsewhere, the Kurt Warner drama American Underdog took in $6.2 million from 2,813 theaters, while The King’s Man managed just $10 million over the 5-day weekend. Finally, Denzel Washington’s A Journal for Jordan totaled $2.2 million after opening on Saturday.
DOMESTIC TOP 10
1.) Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) 4,336 theaters, Fri $19.65M (-33%)/Sat $31.7M/Sun $30.1M/3-day $81.5M (-69%)/5-day $138.6M/ Total: $467.3MWk 2
2.) Sing 2 (Uni/Ill) 3,892 theaters, Fri $5.22M/Sat $8.42M/Sun $10.1M/3-day $23.76M/5-day+previews: $41M/Wk 1
3.) Matrix Resurrections (WB) 3,552 theaters, Fri $2.7M/Sat $4.65M/Sun $4.65M/3-day $12M/5-day $22.5M/Wk 1
4.) American Underdog (LG) 2,813 theaters, Sat $4.2M/Sun 2M/2-Day: $6.2M/Wk 1
5.) The King’s Man (20th/Dis) 3,180 theaters Fri $1.2M/Sat $2.6M/Sun $2.55M/3-day $6.1M/5-day $10M/Wk 1
6.) West Side Story (20th/Dis) 2,810 (-10) theaters, Fri $546K (-48%)/Sat $1.2M/Sun $1.05M/3-day $2.8M (-23%)/5-day $4.19M/Total $23.9M/Wk 3
7.) Licorice Pizza (UAR) 786 (+781) theaters, Fri $7K/Sat $1.22M/Sun $1.1M/ 3-day $2.34M (+2622%)/5-day $2.36M/Total $3.6M/Wk 5
8.) A Journal for Jordan (Sony) 2,500 theaters, Sat $1.2M/Sun $1M/2-day: $2.2M/Wk 1
9.) Encanto (Dis) 2,800 (-375) theaters, Fri $496K (-70%)/Sat $727K/Sun $777K/ 3-day $2M (-69%), 5-day $3.86M/Total $88.3M/Wk 5
10.) ‘83 (Reliance) 500 theaters, Fri $716K/Sat $548K/Sun $523K/3-day $1.78M/Wk 1
11.) Nightmare Alley (Sea) 2,135 theaters, Fri $233K (-81%)/Sat $525K/Sun $542K/ 3-day: $1.3M (-54%)/5-day $1.87M/Total $5.5M/Wk 2