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‘Spider-Man’ Finally Meets His Match As ‘Scream’ Reboot Scares Up A $30.6 Million No. 1 Debut

After a full month atop the charts and a string of shattered box-office records in its wake, Spider-Man: No Way Home was finally toppled from its box-office throne over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The culprit: A reboot of (or sequel to, take your pick) the seemingly dead-and-buried Scream horror franchise, which seemed to gasp its last breath after the disappointing Scream 4 just over a decade ago. With returning stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, the fifth Ghostface meta-chiller, simply titled Scream, scared up $30.6 million during its opening weekend and is projected to earn $35 million by the time the Monday holiday is factored in.

‘Scream’ To Take On ‘Spider-Man’ Over MLK Weekend

After four weeks of total dominance at the box office, Spider-Man: No Way Home finally faces some solid competition from the legacy slasher franchise Scream. Scream, the fifth installment in Wes Craven’s self-aware horror series, is the biggest new release of the month now that Morbius has vacated its late January release date, and it will likely topple Spider-Man’s winning streak. That is not to say it won’t be another big weekend for No Way Home, though, which by Friday should become the fifth biggest domestic grosser ever and by next weekend should hit the number four spot.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Keeps Smashing Records While ‘The 355’ Shoots Blanks

Buffeted by bad reviews and bleak box-office predictions, the star-studded female spy thriller, The 355, never really stood a chance against Spider-Man: No Way Home—not even in the blockbuster’s fourth weekend in theaters. Even so, Universal’s globe-trotting espionage flick fell short of expectations, pulling in a paltry $4.8 million in its domestic debut. Meanwhile, Peter Parker and company continued their miracle run at the multiplex, not just taking the top spot again with ease (thanks to its $33 million North American haul over the weekend), but also continuing their assault on the record books, where the Tom Holland tentpole became the sixth highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office and the eighth-biggest worldwide.

‘Spider-Man’ To Rule The Box Office In 4th Weekend As Spy Flick ‘The 355’ Opens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and 2021 represented a tale of two box offices. On one hand, we are witnessing a dream run from Spider-Man: No Way Home, currently the eighth highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. after just three weeks, and that is despite its release coinciding with a massive wave of Covid-19 cases due to the hyper transmissible Omicron variant. Spider-Man reminded us that all time blockbuster grosses are still possible after a summer and fall season where the biggest successes all had Covid asterisks attached to them.

‘Spider-Man’ Keeps Swinging, This Time Past $600 Million At Domestic Box Office

In like a lamb and out like a lion. That saying pretty much sums up 2021 at the box office. After an unpredictable twelve-month period of peaks and valleys in the theatrical movie business due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the year ended on a triumphant note thanks to Sony’s mega-blockbuster, Spider-Man: No Way Home. Adding another $52.7 million to its coffers over New Year’s weekend, the superhero tentpole soared past the $600 million mark in North America, making it the tenth-highest grossing movie domestically of all time, helping to push the year’s total box-office numbers up significantly from 2020—but still a long way off from the pre-pandemic good old days.

‘Spider-Man’ Swings Past $1 Billion Worldwide While New Christmas Releases Pile Up In Scrum For Box-Office Leftovers

It was a Merry Christmas and then some for Peter Parker as the skyscraper-swinging superhero’s latest adventure, Spider-Man: No Way Home, soared past the $1 billion barrier at the global box office in just its second week of release. That makes Sony’s smash hit not only the fastest blockbuster to accomplish that ten-figure feat since 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also the first billion-dollar grosser worldwide since the pandemic began.But while Spidey was busy fighting crime (and raking in loot), the holiday’s slate of new releases—Sing 2, The Matrix Resurrections, The King's Man, American Underdog, and A Journal for Jordan—were left to divvy up the box-office leftovers with varying degrees of success. A week after becoming the first film of 2021 to rake in more than $100 million in its opening frame, No Way Home continued to rule the multiplex, crossing the billion-dollar benchmark in a mere 12 days. That pace puts the film in some pretty elite company—only two films have reached $1 billion in receipts faster: 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. But Spidey’s feat is especially impressive considering what’s going outside of theaters this winter, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire. But apparently that appears to be just one more foe that Spidey doesn’t mind going up against.

Christmas Week Is Packed With ‘Matrix,’ ‘Sing 2,’ ‘King’s Man,’ & More, But ‘Spider-Man’ To Reign Supreme In Second Weekend

This past weekend saw box office records getting shattered left and right as Spider-Man: No Way Home scored the second highest domestic opening of all time, taking the box office beyond merely being “good for the pandemic.” In one weekend it became the year’s top grossing film in the U.S. and the sixth highest worldwide, and by the end of the year it may very well become number one. While Spider-Man will continue to reign at the box office for a number of weeks (it just took home the third best Monday gross ever), the slew of films big and small opening this week promises something for everyone, and the Christmas frame won’t be entirely dominated by the webslinger.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Shatters Box-Office Records Galore With Swinging $587.2 Million Worldwide Bow

Christmas arrived a week early for Peter Parker as his latest web-slinging adventure, Spider-Man: No Way Home, shattered records at home and abroad, pandemic be damned. Box-office watchers knew going into the frame that Tom Holland’s third standalone outing as the Marvel superhero would be big, the only question was how big? Well, the answer is…absolutely massive. In its debut weekend, the Sony tentpole raked in $253 million in North America and another $334.2 million from overseas, putting its mind-blowing bow at $587.2 million worldwide—the third-biggest global debut of all-time, trailing only the two most recent Avengers outings.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Set To Break Pandemic Records

2021 has been a rocky year at the box office, but it is all set to end on a high note. Despite the disappointing returns of the last two weekends, which were the lowest grossing since September, the next two weekends may very well become the year’s biggest. Leading the charge and gearing to break pandemic-era box office records is Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, swinging into theaters in the prime pre-Christmas slot.

Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Hits A Flat Note With Lackluster $10.5 Million Debut

Steven Spielberg’s razzle-dazzle reinterpretation of the classic Broadway musical-turned-Best Picture winner, West Side Story, hit a flat note with ticket-buyers, pulling in a lackluster $10.5 million at North American box office over its opening weekend despite being one of the best-reviewed films of the year. As older moviegoers continue to steer clear of multiplexes during what is shaping up to be another long COVID winter, the 20th Century Studios title’s dismal debut is an ominous sign for titles aimed at grown-ups heading into Oscar season. Meanwhile, the frame’s only other rookie wide release, STX Entertainment’s National Champions, was dead on arrival, entering the charts well below the Top 10.

‘West Side Story’ Is Back On The Silver Screen

Despite a strong Thanksgiving weekend at the box office, last weekend suffered from a lack of new content and had the weakest box office performance since the doldrums of September. The post-Thanksgiving slump will soon come to an end, though, and the year should end on a high note with titles such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Matrix Resurrections, Sing 2, Nightmare Alley, and The King's Man. Next weekend will likely break pandemic-era box office records, but this weekend is looking more modest with only one major new release, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway and film classic West Side Story.

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Holds Top Spot With $12.7 Million In Sleepy Sophomore Weekend

Even if you didn’t have a calendar, you’d know it was December. How? Because this weekend the box office felt a lot like that old holiday tale where not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. With no major new releases hitting multiplexes there wasn’t a lot of movement on the charts, as Disney’s family-friendly Encanto once again finished in the top spot with a $12.7 million haul in its sophomore session. Consider it the quiet before the storm—what with West Side Story, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and The Matrix: Resurrections all ready to be unwrapped in the coming weeks.

'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' & 'Encanto' To Battle For The Top Spot In Quiet Post-Thanksgiving Weekend

After a busy Thanksgiving weekend which saw a solid-for-2021 $142 million five-day gross, things are taking a bit of a breather this weekend. The only new wide release is Focus’ specialty film Wolf, which is unlikely to displace any of last week’s box office winners. Expect a repeat of last weekend with Encanto, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and House of Gucci remaining in the top three, and we’ll see how well they hold as we await some of the year’s most anticipated films in the coming weeks. West Side Story, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Nightmare Alley, The Matrix Resurrections, and other big ticket holiday and award season films are just around the corner and will hopefully bring the pandemic-era box office to new heights.

‘Encanto’ Enchants Thanksgiving Box Office With $40.3 Million Bow; ‘House of Gucci’, ‘Resident Evil’ Open In Top 5 As ‘Licorice Pizza’ Sets Indie Record

The nation’s multiplexes were as crowded as Thanksgiving tables as four new releases battled for a piece of the box-office pie over the five-day holiday weekend. As expected, Disney’s latest animated offering, Encanto, won the festive frame, debuting in the top spot with a $40.3 million bow. Meanwhile, United Artists’ star-studded House of Gucci entered the charts in third place with $21.8 million and Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City finished in fifth with $8.8 million as Paul Thomas Anderson’s buzzy indie, Licorice Pizza, set a new pandemic-era specialty-release record with a supersized $84,000 per-screen-average.

Thanksgiving Weekend Brings Box Office Bounty With ‘Encanto’, ‘House of Gucci’, & ‘Resident Evil’

Despite a strong showing from Ghostbusters: Afterlife last weekend, it has been a relatively quiet November since Eternals opened big the first weekend of the month. Things are looking to pick up this long Thanksgiving weekend with three promising new theatrical exclusive wide releases, and the box office will likely be back above $100 million for the three-day after two weekends of falling under.

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Slimes The Competition With A $44 Million Bow; ‘King Richard’ Double-Faults In Its Debut

Turns out there’s still some life left in those proton packs after all. Following a poorly received, all-female reboot in 2016, Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife slimed the competition at the pre-Thanksgiving box office this weekend, debuting to a much stronger-than-expected $44 million domestic haul. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Will Smith-led awards-hopeful, King Richard, stumbled out of the gate, bowing in fourth place with an underwhelming $5.7 million as the Joaquin Phoenix heartstring-puller C'mon C'mon soared in limited release.

Ghostbusters Are Back In ‘Afterlife’, Will Smith Starrer ‘King Richard’ Debuts Amid Oscar Buzz

The Ghostbusters are back this weekend in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, opening in 4,300 theaters including IMAX and other large screens. It is the fourth film in Sony’s franchise and a direct sequel to the first two films, disregarding the 2016 reboot. Afterlife is a family affair, being written and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), whose father Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II and is producing Afterlife. Even the story keeps it the family, focusing on the grandchildren of O.G. ghostbuster Egon Spengler, who was played in the original films by the late Harold Ramis. The cast is headlined by Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard ("Stranger Things"), Carrie Coon ("The Leftovers", Fargo"), and Mckenna Grace (Gifted, Annabelle Comes Home), but the real treat for fans is the return of the old gang as the film brings back Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts.

Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Holds Off ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ For The Top Spot; ‘Belfast’ Enters The Awards Race In Limited Release

There were no massive surprises at the box office this weekend as Marvel’s splashy superhero tentpole, Eternals, added $27.5 million in its sophomore outing, holding off a surprisingly strong $16.4 million debut from Paramount’s family-friendly canine film, Clifford the Big Red Dog, atop the domestic charts during an otherwise sleepy weekend. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh’s buzzy coming-of-age drama, Belfast, officially entered the awards-season derby in limited release, snagging an eighth-place finish with $1.8 million.

‘Eternals’ Looking At Another Number One Weekend Against Newcomer ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’

Marvel’s Eternals dominated at the box office last weekend, opening to $71.3 million and making up 65% of the entire weekend box office, bringing the overall box office back above $100 million after two frames of falling short. While October had three weekends in a row where the box office stayed above $100 million, November is looking more like the somewhat front-loaded July which, despite some solid openings, never crossed $100 million in a weekend after Black Widow’s July 9-11 opening.

‘Eternals’ Opens To A Strong $71 Million In North America Despite Less-Than-Marvel-ous Reviews

When it comes to the box office, success is relative. For most Hollywood studios, a $71 million domestic opening would be cause to bust out the bubbly and do a victory dance. But when your movie carries the Marvel banner, expectations are sky high. That’s why the debut of the superhero studio’s latest tentpole, Eternals, may seem like a bit of a mixed bag. Yes, the rookie’s $161.7 million global haul over the weekend was the second-biggest worldwide bow of 2021 (behind onlyF9: The Fast Saga’s $163 million), but its less-than-Marvel-ous reception among critics and audiences raises nagging questions about whether Eternals will have the same long theatrical legs as Marvel’s other recent hits.
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