Spider-Man: No Way Home is swinging its way closer to the top 5 domestic films of all time, projected to topple Titanic from the #6 slot. No Way Home, the fourth film in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, came to theaters on December 17, 2021. In that time it has broken all kinds of pandemic-era records, competing with even the highest-grossing pre-pandemic movies. In addition to becoming the first pandemic-era movie to pass the $1 billion mark worldwide, Spider-Man: No Way Home has become one of the top 10 highest-grossing domestic films of all time.
The film has achieved such outstanding success on the back of one of Marvel’s most ambitious crossovers yet. In addition to bringing Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange into his first solo Spider-Man film, the plot follows Tom Holland’s Peter Parker asking him to cast a spell that goes wrong and brings villains from the previous Spider-Man universes into the MCU. This includes Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, and Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman from Tobey Maguire’s 2002 Spider-Man trilogy and Rys Ifans’ Lizard and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2.
Per Deadline, Spider-Man: No Way Home is expected to close the weekend with an additional gross of $30 million. This would bring its cumulative domestic total to $666.5 million in just four weeks. This total will make it the #6 highest-performing domestic film of all time, knocking James Cameron’s megahit Titanic from that prized position. This would place it just behind Avengers: Infinity War‘s $678.8 million gross, and still trailing behind Black Panther at #4 and Avengers: Endgame at #2.
This additional domestic total will bring Spider-Man‘s worldwide gross to at least $1.43 billion dollars. This staggering total is more than all three films in the original Spider-Man trilogy plus the first Amazing Spider-Man made domestically in their entire runs put together. Naturally, it’s the highest performing Spider-Man movie in history, handily beating the previous record held by Spider-Man: Homecoming, which made $1.1 billion worldwide.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is proving that the right combination of nostalgia and big-budget spectacle can beat the depressed box office receipts of the pandemic era. Its reign over the box office is so all-consuming that it scared its Sony Spiderverse peer Morbius out of its late January release date, moving it to April so as not to compete. The only potential title that could conceivably prevent Spider-Man from continuing to take the #1 slot throughout all of this month is the new entry in the Scream franchise, coming January 14, but that remains to be seen.
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