Spider-Man: No Way Home is projected to reclaim the top spot at the US box office this weekend after being dethroned last week by Scream. The latest epic installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, No Way Home has audiences coming out in droves to witness its parallel-dimension-spanning action. The movie has proven to be another massive hit for Marvel Studios, having maintained the number one spot since its December 17 release date until it was overtaken last week.
No Way Home has raked in approximately $720 million domestically as of this weekend and is already one of the highest-grossing domestic films of all time. The movie has been able to fend off any box office competition in the month since its release, but last week saw the release of Scream, which usurped Spider-Man for the top spot. The fifth installment in the long-running slasher franchise, Scream debuted to an estimated box office total of $30.6 million, surpassing industry expectations. Meanwhile, No Way Home made an estimated $28 million. But it looks like Spidey may be swinging his way back to the top.
According to projections from Variety, No Way Home should reclaim its spot at #1 after this weekend. The latest MCU offering is expected to bring in $13.5 million. Meanwhile, Scream should gross about $11.7 million. Scream’s is a 60% dropoff in ticket sales in its second weekend, but second-week declines like that are not uncommon in the horror genre and the movie will likely still land the number two spot.
Considering this will mark No Way Home‘s sixth weekend in theaters, it’s impressive it has the staying power to climb back up the rankings. And while it’s looking like it will come in a close second, the latest Scream is already becomeone of the most successful entries in the series at the US box office after just a week. Considering the movie was estimated to net around $20 million its opening weekend, the fact that it flew way past that mark while also dethroning Spider-Man is no small feat.
Both movies are setting records in terms of domestic ticket sales, which is especially impressive considering how the pandemic has kept many people away from movie theaters. But Spider-Man: No Way Home and Scream had people excited enough to get over their hesitations and the numbers prove it. While Scream’s time at number one looks like it’s going to be short-lived, its success is still remarkable.
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