The charismatic spies of The 355 are no match for the movie theater’s dominance of WebSlinger. Spider-Man: No Way HomeThe studio’s box office dominance continued for a fourth weekend in theaters, adding another $ 33 million, according to Sunday’s studio estimates. With $ 668.8 million in North American ticket sales to date, Spider-Man: No Way Home is now the sixth highest grossing all-time nation domestically. Worldwide, at $ 1.5 billion and counting, it ranks eighth.
The only major new film this weekend was Universal’s The 355, an original spy thriller starring Jessica Chastein, Lupita Nyongo, Diane Kruger and Penelope Cruz, which peaked at $ 4.8 million in 3,145 North American theaters. Directed by Simon Kingberg, reviews of the World Alliance of Women Spies are less than stellar: it contains 27% of rotten tomatoes.
But audience scores were even more enthusiastic, especially from women, and more than a third of those who attended this weekend were over 45 – a population that did not go large to movie theaters during the epidemic. With the holiday weekend approaching, Universal Domestic Distribution Head Jim Orr said, “We hope we have a good runway.”
Behind Animated Sing 2 came 355, which was also distributed by Universal, which grossed $ 12 million in its third weekend in theaters, reaching $ 190.8 million worldwide.
With the rise of Omicron cases, Hollywood has stepped in cautiously in 2022. The biggest new release of January, the Spider-Man spin of Morbius was recently pushed to April.
“There is some uncertainty in the market due to the Omicron variant,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “Studios want to protect their crown jewels and deliver success in movie theaters. Such a delay shows that they are not giving up theaters. But studios have a lot of awareness on this market and what are the challenges.
And while January should now be quiet at the box office, Dergarabedian said Spider-Man is a “beacon of hope” for the industry.
“It shows that audiences want to go back to the movie theater,” he said. “We could have a really strong box office year, but only time will tell.”
According to ComScore, ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters are expected from Friday to Sunday. The final domestic figures will be released on Monday.
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home, $ 33 million.
2. Singh 2, $ 12 million.
3. 355, $ 4.8 million.
4. The King’s Man, $ 3.4 million.
5. American Underdog, $ 2.4 million.
6. The Matrix Resurrections, $ 1.9 million.
7. West Side Story, $ 1.4 million.
8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, $ 1.1 million.
9. Licorice Pizza, $ 1 million.
10. House of Gucci, $ 632,348.