‘Spider-Man’ ignites pandemic box office with historic opening – Reuters

‘Spider-Man’ ignites pandemic box office with historic opening – Reuters

Cast members Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya and Tom Holland pose for a photograph as they attend the premiere for the film Spider-Man: No Way Home in Los Angeles, California, December 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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LOS ANGELES, Dec 19 (Reuters) – “Spider-Man: No Way Home” racked up a head-spinning $253 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, setting a pandemic record and ranking as the third-biggest domestic debut in Hollywood history even as a new COVID-19 variant spreads.

Around the globe, “No Way Home” generated an additional $334.2 million for a worldwide weekend total of $587.2 million, according to estimates from distributor Sony Corp (6758.T).

The blockbuster returns delivered a much-needed jolt to cinema companies such as AMC Entertainment (AMC.N), Cinemark (CNK.N) and Cineworld (CINE.L) that have struggled to draw crowds during the pandemic. The emergence of theOmicron variant has sparked new concerns.

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But as Broadway and New York City’s Rockettes canceled shows and the National Football League postponed games, theaters were abuzz. Fans packed auditoriums for “No Way Home,” a big-budget superhero spectacle co-produced by Sony and Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) that is playing only in theaters.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/spider-man-bursts-into-theaters-with-253-mln-domestic-opening-2021-12-19/

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