Spider-Man: No Way Home blasts its way to the kind of box office opening we suspected wouldn’t see again for a very long time.

Amidst concerns over whether the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant would dampen the recovery that cinemas have been enjoying, along comes a new Spider-Man film and shatters expectations.

Spider-Man: No Way Home scored, for instance, an astonishing $253m opening weekend in America, the kind of numbers that many were predicting we’d not see again for a long time. It’s the third biggest American opening weekend of all time. Furthermore, the film did $334.2m of business elsewhere in the world, and after a handful of days, its takings sit at $587.2m.

It’s the biggest opening since Covid entered our lives, and already the third biggest film of the year in box office terms. Other movies that were playing against it have been pretty much swept aside, as the power of Marvel once again is demonstrated.

Will the numbers hold as virus concerns multiply? We’ll see. But for now, for the beleaguered exhibition industry, Spider-Man has proven an even bigger draw than James Bond. And the next Spidey film can’t get here quickly enough…

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