We all knew that Spider-Man: No Way Home would be huge at the box office this weekend. However, no one quite predicted this big of a debut. The Spidey sequel managed to make an estimated $253 million, which is the third biggest opening weekend of all time, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Considering the fact that this was a pandemic opening as well, it’s all the more impressive. Reviews, including our own here from Joey, were pretty enthusiastic, which didn’t hurt.
Spider-Man: No Way Home should have clear sailing to continue to make major amounts of money throughout the next few weeks. The Matrix Resurrections and Sing 2 will take some audience away, but it’s clearly THE event right now. Theaters are certainly thrilled that Marvel is showing its box office dominance again.
On the other end of the coin, Guillermo del Toro‘s Nightmare Alley managed to only open in fifth place, unable to crack the $3 million mark. Despite strong reviews (Joey’s own take is here), the audience just didn’t show. Along with a 67% drop for Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story, which moved down to third place, it hasn’t been a great run in wide release for presumed Oscar players. On the platform side, things like Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Licorice Pizza, or Sean Baker‘s Red Rocket on a smaller scale, have had more success, which may improve their Academy Award hopes.
Here’s the full list of the top ten films of the week:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home – $253M – 4,336 theaters
- Encanto – $6.52M (-34%) – 3,525 theaters
- West Side Story – $3.41M (-67%) – 2,820 theaters
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife – $3.4M (-52%) – 3,282 theaters
- Nightmare Alley – $2.95M – 2,145 theaters
- House of Gucci – $1.85M (-39%) – 1,907 theaters
- Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 – $1.3M – 400 theaters
- Eternals – $1.19M (-62%) – 1,900 theaters
- Clifford the Big Red Dog – $400K – (-69%) – 1,248 theaters
- Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – $280K (-83%) – 719 theaters
Source: Box Office Pro