The Weekend Box Office Round-up
Spider-Man: No Way Home delivered a quite extraordinary result over the last five days. Since it opened on Wednesday the latest outing from Tom Holland’s Avenger has banked a ridiculous £31.9m. For a bit of context, No Time To Die only managed to gross £28.9m in its opening five days. Breaking the numbers down, No Way Home delivered £19.5m from Friday to Sunday, which puts it 10th in the list of biggest Friday to Sunday opening weekends of all time. The previous two Spider-Man films, 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and 2019’s Spider-man: Far From Home had Friday to Sunday opening weekends of £6.8m and £8.4m respectively, so No Way Home has absolutely smashed those numbers. No Way Home has performed more in line with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which grossed £32.4m and £46.7m in their opening five days respectively. In more bonkers news, the last Spider-Man film, Far From Home (which came out AFTER Avengers: Endgame) finished its entire run with £37.3m and No Way Home has almost surpassed that in just five days.
In slightly more sobering news, the rest of the chart struggled in the face of the Spider-Man juggernaut. Clifford may be the same colour as Spider-Man but that’s where the similarity ends, as Clifford The Big Red Dog fell 40% to £766k, which was enough for second. That takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £2.4m. Last weekend’s top film, West Side Story fell 55% this weekend to £587k, and a 10 day total of £2.9m. The highest grossing musical this year is In The Heights, which finished its run with £4.6m, so West Side Story still has a little way to go to top that. Encanto posted a solid hold, falling 43% to £361k, and a new total of £4.8m.
House of Gucci took something of a tumble this weekend, falling 63% to £289k, which was enough to round out the top five and to cross the £8m mark in the process. It’s now on £8.1m, marking it out as one of the success stories of Q4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife suffered most from Spider-Man’s performance, falling 72% to £166k. That takes its total to £10.5m and it’s still £300k behind the final total of the 2016 incarnation of Ghostbusters, which finished on £10.8m.
Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 was a new entry in seventh with £121k, which includes £52k from previews. This is a Telugu-language action film starring Allu Arjun. Finally, event cinema again hit the top 10 in 10th, as The Nutcracker – Bolshoi Ballet 2021 opened with £85k.
Overall the box office is up 510% from last weekend.
- The Matrix: Resurrections sees Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return in the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga. It’s in cinemas on Wednesday.
- The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman series. In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions. Ralph Fiennes takes the lead and it’s in cinemas on Boxing Day.
- Titane is the Palme d’Or winning film from Julia Ducournau. A woman who suffered a head injury as a child has sex with a car and then it gets weird from there. It’s in cinemas on Boxing Day.
Across The Pond
Spider-Man: No Way Home performed extraordinarily in North America too, opening with $260m, which is the second biggest opening weekend in history. It’s also already the highest grossing film of 2021 in North America. For a bit more context, the last two Spider-Man films, Homecoming and Far From Home, opened to $117m and $92.6m respectively. Encanto came in second, adding $6.5m for a new total of $81.5m. West Side Story fell to third, adding $3.4m and has now grossed a disappointing $18m. Ghostbusters: Afterlife came in fourth and added $4m for a new total of $117.2m. Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley completed the top five, opening with $3m.