Based on presale tickets, projections, and just general buzz, we all knew it Spider-Man: No Way Home would be a great movie. That said, in these post-pandemic times, which is exactly a “big movie” is not quite the same as it used to be, so just how the film would perform at the box office was an open question. Well, it’s not anymore, and yes, Spider-Man: No Way Home is becoming a monster, setting one of the best Thursday night preview numbers ever.
Spider-Man: No Way Home made about $ 50 million in its Thursday night opening, which is the third largest Thursday night ever, behind only Avengers: Endgame, en Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There is no “Pandemic Era” Qualifier on these numbers, as has been the case for so many in recent months. No way home is really the first “business as usual” hit we saw. It is expected to do as much as another $ 100 million today Deadline.
Even if those numbers are pre-loaded and drop off later in the weekend, it’s still going to blow away the opening weekend numbers of all the others that came out this year. The biggest opening weekend of the year domestically belongs to Venom: Let there be carnage, which just broke the $ 90 million mark. Spider-Man: No Way Home was more than halfway there to break it before theaters opened for business today.
What makes these figures so crazy is it, even compared to the other recent Spider man movies, No way home wave the rest of the trilogy out of the water. Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was previously the record holder for Thursday preview dollars for the entire Sony as a studio, fetched $ 15.4 million in comparison. No way home did almost four times that amount.
This is the first big-screen sequel we saw in the MCU’s Phase Four, which is why it may be part of the reason why the new Spider-Man performed so much better than the other films in the franchise this year. That, and the absolute bonkers buzz around this particular movie. Fans clearly wanted to see if all the rumors where would appear to be.
It definitely shows what pandemic or not, if the real movie comes, people will still go to the theater, and they will do it in numbers like they were before. It makes Spider-Man: No Way Home a major problem for theaters outside the actual box office because it means that it is a real possibility to see theater distribution return to real normal.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will be the highest grossing movie of the year. It’s essentially a guarantee unless something wild happens and these box office numbers absolutely crater. It seems unlikely given that the film is not just something with a lot of hype, but something that actually do it.