‘Spider-Man’ box office numbers climb the record books

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LOS ANGELES – Final box office figures showed “Spider-Man: No Way Home” drew an even bigger audience than expected, totaling $ 260 million for the weekend in US theaters and Canadians, distributor Sony Corp. said on Monday.

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This raised the superhero adventure to second on the list of all-time national openings for Hollywood films, just ahead of the nearly $ 258 million in 2018 for “Avengers: Infinity War”.

International ticket sales for “No Way Home” also reached $ 340.8 million for a worldwide total of $ 600.8 million.

On Sunday, Sony predicted that “No Way Home” would finish the weekend in third place with $ 253 million and a worldwide total of $ 587.2 million. Monday’s figures included actual ticket sales from Thursday through Sunday evening.

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“Avengers: Endgame” holds the opening weekend record in the US and Canada with a debut of $ 357 million in 2019.

The performance of “No Way Home,” which stars Tom Holland as web hero and Zendaya as girlfriend, boosted movie chains such as AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Holdings. Theaters are trying to recover from extended shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic and face new concerns from the omicron variant ahead of the normally busy week around Christmas.

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Analysts said “No Way Home” has proven that interest in superhero movies remains high. The film also added to the plot by bringing in older Marvel characters in the conclusion of a popular trilogy. The film was played exclusively in theaters with no home streaming option.

Other films have struggled to attract people to the cinema. Director Guillermo del Toro’s thriller “Nightmare Alley,” for example, sold around $ 3 million in tickets over the weekend.

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