“Spider-Man” records the 3rd best premiere in history

Never underestimate your friendly neighbor Spider-Man, even when a mutant virus is active. Despite growing concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was the highest-grossing film in North American theaters this weekend, and not only that: it had the third-best premiere of the whole story, after “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” amassed $ 253 million at 4,325 locations in North America, according to studio estimates on Sunday. “Avengers: Endgame” earned 357.1 million on its debut, and “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed 257.7 million when it hit theaters.

These are difficult times for theaters, due to the threat of the contagious omicron variant.

“The historic results of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ seen this weekend, from around the world and despite numerous challenges, confirm the unmatched cultural impact of exclusive films for theatrical release when promoted with vision and determination. “Tom Rothman, president and CEO of Sony Pictures, said in a statement.

“All of us at Sony Pictures are extremely grateful for the extraordinary talent, both in front of and behind the cameras, that made this historic film possible,” he added.

The reviews have been good too. The film received a 94% good rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

For its part, “West Side Story” earned $ 3.4 million, a 67% drop from the previous weekend.

Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore. Final figures in North America will be released on Monday.

1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” $ 253 million.

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2. “Encanto”, 6.5 million.

3. “West Side Story,” $ 3.4 million.

4. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $ 3.4 million.

5. “Nightmare Alley,” $ 3 million.

6. “House of Gucci,” $ 1.9 million.

7. “Eternals”, 1.2 million.

8. “Clifford The Big Red Dog,” 400,000.

9. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” 280,000

10. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, 220,000

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