Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: Spider-Man: No Way Home Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

The superhero smash hit is on its way to becoming Sony's biggest hit ever as it reaches a new milestone on the weekend of December 24-26, 2021.

by | December 26, 2021 | Comments

Hollywood is rarely excited when the Christmas holidays fall on a weekend. Many theaters do not host later shows on the Eve, and the  25th is a big movie day regardless, so they would rather see it occur on a weekday to boost totals as opposed to a Saturday, which is their primary day for attendance. One studio certainly is not complaining this year, and another could see school vacations set a new pandemic ceiling. But with Omicron seemingly everywhere and major film events strengthening their safety protocols, postponing, or canceling altogether, the rest of the industry may finally see themselves at an inflection point… all while one film maintains its dominance.


King of the Crop: Spider-Man: No Way Home On Track to Become Sony’s Biggest Hit Ever

IMAX Poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home

(Photo by ©Sony Pictures Releasing/©Marvel Entertainment)

The numbers that Spider-Man: No Way Home is pulling in are nothing short of incredible. Even if its second three-day weekend is (only) the seventh-best of all time at $92.3 million, its five-day total stretching back to Wednesday, when additional schools finally let out for vacation, was a whopping $149.3 million, bringing its 10-day total to $478.1 million. That’s third to just Avengers: Endgame ($621.2 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($540 million). That puts No Way Home $75 million ahead of the pace of Black Panther (with the fourth-best second weekend of $111.6 million) and with at least one more whole week of holiday moviegoing, Jon Watts’ Marvel film is headed to become just the fifth film to cross $700 million domestic. On the international stage, it became the second-fastest film to reach a billion dollars on Christmas Day, its ninth day of release. Only Endgame did it faster, in five days. This is only the third film in Sony’s history to cross a billion, along with Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.131 billion) and Skyfall ($1.108 billion). This week it will become the studio’s biggest title ever.


Rotten Returns: The King’s Man Continues 20th Century Studios’ Struggles

Poster for The King's Man

(Photo by 20th Century Studios)

20th Century Studios has not had a great run since becoming a part of Disney, at least when it comes to adult fare. The 2020 version of The Call of the Wild was doing fine until the pandemic began and Free Guy is one of the genuine successes of 2021, but beyond that, the studio’s lack of success has led many to wonder if they were being hung out to dry by their new hosts (and that includes Searchlight Pictures as well). It’s hard to say that definitively, given that adult-skewing and even family-driven films have been a tough sell. But things did not turn out great for a bit of existing IP either this holiday.

The King’s Man, a prequel to the “R”-rated comic book series that previously produced a pair of off-season $100 million grossers, made just $9.9 million in its first five days. To date, only Free Guy, The Call of the Wild, and West Side Story (with its disappointing grosses) have made over $10 million in five days for the new iteration of Fox. The King’s Man made just $3.5 million more than West Side did in its third weekend and appears to be another “R”-rated film not headed into $30 million during the pandemic. West Side Story brought its total up to $23.7 million and could still stretch for that most minor of victories as the third-highest 20th Century Studios release to date, ahead of The New Mutants ($23.8 million) and Ron’s Gone Wrong ($23 million). The King’s Man can best hope to become the fourth-highest of that lineup.


The Top 10 and Beyond: Sing 2 Soars, The Matrix Resurrections Stumbles

Sing 2

(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)

Universal, the first studio to test the day-and-date streaming waters with Trolls World Tour at the beginning of the pandemic, now ends the second year of it with a film that could become the highest-grossing animated film to date. Sing 2 pulled in $41 million since opening on Wednesday, which is slightly above what Disney’s Encanto made when it opened over the Thanksgiving stretch. The difference could be that this week, the latter finds its way onto the Disney+ streaming service for no additional charge on Friday, driving a wedge in its chance to make it to $100 million. The film made just $2 million over the weekend, a 69% drop, with its total over $88 million. Sing 2 is going to have the weekday vacation advantage going forward and, in all likelihood, will surpass Encanto’s 12-day total of $58.3 million by next Sunday with the family marketplace nearly all to itself. It will still be a long way from the $270 million that the first film made, but it still has a shot at becoming the first animated film to reach $100 million since Frozen II did it two years ago to the day of Encanto’s release on Nov. 24, 2019.

One film that is not going to make $100 million this holiday season is The Matrix Resurrections; this should surprise no one. Nevertheless, some analysts and projectors pegged the film to open anywhere between $60-75 million in its first five days. Some treated its $6.4 million opening on Wednesday as a victory while completely ignoring how Keanu Reeves’ mega-bomb, 47 Ronin, debuted to $7 million back in 2013. Granted, that film opened on Christmas Day when there was no pandemic, and it wasn’t on a streaming service, so in context, its total is particularly damning, but this still has to be a blow to Resurrections after expectations were overhyped for it. The film will at least outgross 47 Ronin, but not by a significant amount.

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix Resurrections

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Resurrections already saw a regression in its numbers since Wednesday and grossed just $12 million over the weekend for $22.5 million total. As more people choose to cue it up on HBO Max, the Warner Bros. experiment of 2021 comes to an end with a film that may not even outgross one of their biggest disappointments of the year, The Suicide Squad. While that film was definitely a welcome respite for a pandemic-exhausted populace, to say it did not have an impact on the studio’s bottom line is, to paraphrase a line from the original film, hardly blissfully ignorant.

Lionsgate’s American Underdog, the story of quarterback Kurt Warner, debuted to $6.2 million after two days of release. That is better than the studio’s Voyagers, The Protégé, and Chaos Walking did after five days and nearly as much as Chaos had after 10 ($6.9 million.) Denzel Washington’s A Journal for Jordan with Michael B. Jordan is estimated to make $2.2 million from Saturday and Sunday. Finally, UA Releasing expanded Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza into 786 theaters on Christmas Day. After a month of stellar reviews, awards, and a smattering of online discourse, the film grossed $2.3 million over Saturday and Sunday, bringing its total to $3.7 million. At present, that is the second-highest total of the year for a film opening in under 1,000 theaters; the Anthony Bourdain documentary Roadrunner grossed $5.2 million, and its widest reach was 954 theaters.


Full List of Box Office Results: December 24-26, 2021


  • $81.5 million ($467.3 million total)

  • $23.76 million ($41 million total)

  • $12 million ($22.5 million total)

  • $6.35 million ($10 million total)

  • $6.2 million ($6.2 million total)

  • $2.8 million ($23.9 million total)

  • $2.33 million ($3.67 million total)

  • $2.2 million ($2.2 million total)

  • $2 million ($88.3 million total)

  • $1.76 million ($1.76 million total)


Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

godzilla screen actors guild ABC women natural history Neflix halloween Paramount Network political drama Song of Ice and Fire Television Academy Rock Kids & Family Best and Worst zero dark thirty biography Rocketman Chernobyl Election critic resources Instagram Live french hist 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2015 hollywood Winners Endgame Amazon Studios 2020 spanish language king arthur Ellie Kemper Esquire Black History Month joker Spectrum Originals Martial Arts young adult transformers CMT cinemax CNN hispanic heritage month television renewed TV shows Nickelodeon romance what to watch DirecTV black indie worst best trophy GLAAD Horror Box Office Drama Cartoon Network posters X-Men trailers archives TCA Winter 2020 99% Netflix Music franchise based on movie ITV Netflix Christmas movies Marvel Funimation adenture Video Games Ovation PaleyFest venice japan Mary Poppins Returns Sci-Fi slasher Fox News disaster children's TV aapi Paramount dexter Sundance TV Disney streaming service Amazon Prime comic book movie Reality Competition Lifetime Shondaland Crunchyroll mission: impossible genre Sony Pictures APB debate SXSW mcc asian-american Paramount Plus reviews feel good 2017 USA Network war Showtime The Purge The Walking Dead BBC America Epix historical drama Certified Fresh E! TV Land comics Elton John technology Acorn TV Arrowverse romantic comedy Tarantino streaming movies dceu Mystery golden globes Syfy directors superman theme song blockbuster Film Festival festival Britbox Bravo lord of the rings nfl new star wars movies comic book movies YouTube Red El Rey unscripted Year in Review news hispanic Winter TV leaderboard Marvel Studios cancelled television 71st Emmy Awards Masterpiece TV renewals crossover Tomatazos BET basketball Comedy HBO Max italian indiana jones Character Guide Pop TV Pacific Islander Calendar true crime Extras TCA Awards TruTV films MTV Apple TV+ Country high school golden globe awards ghosts cops Mary Tyler Moore Oscars stand-up comedy spider-verse reboot Avengers ratings game show obituary DC streaming service TV movies IFC 90s Hear Us Out DC Comics tv talk crime drama black comedy IFC Films Hollywood Foreign Press Association The CW Action fresh anthology HBO Go Binge Guide witnail documentaries DGA die hard movie Star Trek singing competition cars razzies politics Reality pirates of the caribbean all-time movies suspense laika LGBTQ international sopranos Brie Larson Musicals spain OneApp BBC award winner Anna Paquin social media Animation BET Awards parents rt archives universal monsters docudrama OWN Apple TV Plus talk show nature TCA 2017 spider-man toronto MSNBC Pixar History animated satire TV One Logo CBS All Access Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mindy Kaling 4/20 Universal action-comedy kaiju Black Mirror scorecard justice league serial killer Apple NYCC live event new york anime Marathons GIFs james bond American Society of Cinematographers prank Rom-Com Sundance Now mutant Teen Infographic diversity royal family kids Set visit Superheroes WGN sitcom Shudder AMC Marvel Television Disney psychological thriller casting comic psycho quibi Alien hidden camera Mudbound FX on Hulu Crackle doctor who LGBT cancelled Baby Yoda wonder woman PlayStation Hallmark Christmas movies dramedy Image Comics 2018 Creative Arts Emmys Awards 93rd Oscars biopic PBS crime thriller Mary poppins 007 Walt Disney Pictures Watching Series Grammys video Rocky blaxploitation art house Warner Bros. rt labs Starz SundanceTV scary movies documentary YA Biopics twilight sports Nominations police drama crime latino Toys thriller Fantasy book The Witch stoner travel Countdown VH1 TV Disney Plus medical drama TIFF emmy awards revenge target Thanksgiving Film President scene in color cults live action Universal Pictures cancelled TV series ID canceled legend cartoon HBO breaking bad vampires 2021 Turner Classic Movies dark 72 Emmy Awards spy thriller aliens YouTube richard e. Grant nbcuniversal rotten football Podcast VICE Prime Video facebook canceled TV shows video on demand Heroines sequels USA Disney Channel 2019 name the review docuseries SDCC The Arrangement cancelled TV shows green book classics Trailer scary Disney+ Disney Plus dc VOD Captain marvel comedies Women's History Month Pride Month saw jamie lee curtis Legendary Superheroe supernatural fast and furious Polls and Games See It Skip It Comedy Central batman Exclusive Video Freeform king kong adaptation dreamworks 24 frames teaser Comic-Con@Home 2021 criterion YouTube Premium Musical jurassic park NBC Trivia ABC Signature Classic Film RT History zombies San Diego Comic-Con Cannes Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Schedule 2016 Adult Swim Academy Awards series chucky deadpool composers Emmys 21st Century Fox new zealand TLC E3 BAFTA festivals Lifetime Christmas movies elevated horror Spring TV Cosplay Discovery Channel mockumentary Hulu Spike telelvision sequel 20th Century Fox dogs Tags: Comedy boxoffice halloween tv Super Bowl ABC Family adventure 1990s Comic Book olympics Tumblr discovery Pet Sematary Vudu child's play vs. 73rd Emmy Awards dragons FOX Sundance finale Nat Geo australia Quiz know your critic DC Universe Christmas 79th Golden Globes Awards 45 Lionsgate Red Carpet The Academy Photos Fargo zombie Sneak Peek FX harry potter Amazon TCA toy story TCM HFPA Opinion TNT Travel Channel Ghostbusters Premiere Dates Pirates Valentine's Day Columbia Pictures Family christmas movies remakes miniseries Amazon Prime Video National Geographic marvel comics strong female leads First Look streaming CBS The Walt Disney Company game of thrones boxing rotten movies we love period drama Western concert robots New York Comic Con Holiday Summer rt labs critics edition Emmy Nominations BBC One marvel cinematic universe NBA Pop Peacock Turner kong ViacomCBS worst movies screenings Awards Tour RT21 TBS south america spanish popular gangster Star Wars mob spinoff A24 comiccon cooking Interview AMC Plus Wes Anderson Stephen King foreign WarnerMedia Trophy Talk ESPN Holidays monster movies space stop motion japanese Broadway superhero IMDb TV GoT Tokyo Olympics Television Critics Association rom-coms blockbusters Food Network Dark Horse Comics cats critics slashers Fox Searchlight a nightmare on elm street heist movie comic books versus Fall TV FXX CW Seed free movies binge Writers Guild of America Lucasfilm sag awards MCU First Reviews Comics on TV independent A&E Hallmark book adaptation Tubi science fiction werewolf