Spider-Man: No Way Home becomes first COVID pandemic-era film to top $1bn
Spider-Man: No Way Home has become the first film to make $1 billion at the box office worldwide since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to CNN Business. It took 12 days for the film to hit the milestone.
Spider-Man: No Way Home — which stars Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch — is also the third-fastest film to reach the billion-dollar milestone: In 2019, Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War did so in five days and 11 days, respectively.
The last film to garner $1 billion at the box office was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which hit theatres in December 2019. Many countries began shutting down due to COVID-19 in the months immediately following the film’s release.
During its opening weekend, Spider-Man: No Way Home earned $253 million at the US box office, making it the most successful opening weekend for a film in 2021.
It also had the third-best film opening ever behind Avengers: Endgame ($357.1 million) and Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million).
The third instalment in the franchise, Spider-Man: No Way Home follows Holland’s Peter Parker navigating the world after his superhero identity is revealed. Parker attempts to change the course of history with help from Dr Strange (Cumberbatch), but the two hit a major snag when they accidentally open up the multiverse, allowing villains from alternate realities to come after Parker.