‘Spider-Man’ surpasses $1 billion globally in the second weekend

Over the holiday weekend, Peter Parker’s luck kept rolling in. Despite stiff competition from new Matrix and Sing films, as well as growing fears over the omicron version, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” remained at No. 1 and achieved a few additional milestones, including surpassing the $1 billion mark worldwide.

“Spider-Man” made $81.5 million over the three-day weekend, according to studio estimates, down 69 percent from its opening weekend. The Sony and Marvel film has already grossed $467 million in North American theatres, more than double the domestic grosses of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which was the previous year’s No. 1 film.

“Spider-Man” has made $1.05 billion worldwide in just 12 days, including $587.1 million from 61 overseas regions, making it the pandemic’s greatest earning. It’s the first picture in the epidemic to gross $1 billion, and it’s tied for third place with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the fastest film ever to accomplish it — and that’s without the benefit of a Chinese release.

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With an estimated $23.8 million, Universal’s “Sing 2” landed in second, while Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix Resurrections” came in third with $12 million.

Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Bono star in the animated musical “Sing 2,” which also boasts a jukebox soundtrack filled with well-known hits. Since its premiere on Wednesday, it has grossed $41 million in North America ($1.6 million of which came from Thanksgiving weekend showings) and $65 million globally.

“We’re ecstatic,” Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution, said.

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Orr believes that the film’s excellent CinemaScore (A+) and audience ratings indicate that it will continue to do well in the coming weeks, while many children are still on vacation.

In its first five days in North America, the fourth Matrix grossed an estimated $22.5 million. Lana Wachowski’s film, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, is also available to watch on HBO Max. It had a total worldwide gross of $69.8 million.