There’s no stopping Tom Holland and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The Marvel/Disney and Sony collaboration just smashed through the $1 billion global box-office mark, becoming the first pandemic-era movie to do so. Pre-pandemic, the last time a movie topped the $1 billion mark was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. So, Disney is obviously plenty of happy with the box office performance of their biggest IPs.
The Tom Holland-starring Spidey flick has some other impressive feats to its name as well. It topped the $1 billion bar after just 12 days. Only fellow Marvel movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were able to beat that record, with Infinity War beating it by just one day and Endgame pulling in the billion-dollar earnings in just five days. Still, these two movies weren’t contending with a global pandemic when they hit their numbers. Not only is the pandemic a factor, but the omicron variant has been spreading rapidly, making a trip to the theatre even more contentious for some people. With that in mind, the Spider-Man: No Way Home record is even more incredible.
Also, it’s not like Tom Holland’s third solo outing as Spider-Man didn’t have competition. Other movies that No Way Home went up against included The Matrix: Resurrections, Sing 2, and The King’s Man. All three of these movies are part of a franchise, so it’s not like they didn’t have built-in fanbases to take some ticket sales away from the Spider-Man film.
The Matrix: Resurrections featured the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, so you’d think that enough people would line up to take the red pill, but The Matrix: Resurrections actually landed in third place. Sing 2 nabbed the second-place spot. As an animated movie, it probably was able to draw in plenty of kids who might have already seen Tom Holland’s Spider-Man threequel. The King’s Man ended up in fourth place. It also bears mentioning that both The Matrix: Resurrections and The King’s Man are Rated R, while Spider-Man: No Way Home is rated PG-13, opening up the number of people who can go see it.
With all of that being said, it looks like Spider-Man: No Way Home won’t be slowing down anytime soon. The movie has near-universal praise from both critics and audiences. Right now it’s certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic score of 94% and an audience score of 98%. People have loved the big, bold take on the Spider-Man mythos, with many having especially high praise for the performances of both Tom Holland and Willem Dafoe.
Spider-Man: No Way Home sees Spider-Man and Doctor Strange accidentally opening the multiverse when they try to reverse everyone finding out that Peter Parker is the one behind the mask. In addition to Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius, Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.