2021 box office closes with more fireworks for ‘Spider-Man’

NEW YORK – Hollywood closed out 2021 with far more fireworks at the box business office for “Spider-Man: No Way Residence,” which topped all films for the 3rd straight 7 days and presently charts among the the greatest grossing movies at any time. But even with all the champagne popping for “No Way Home,” the film sector heads into 2022 with a good deal of rationale for the two optimism and issue immediately after a 12 months that noticed total ticket income double that of 2020, but nonetheless very well off the pre-pandemic tempo.

Movie theaters commenced the 12 months largely shuttered but ended it with a monster smash. Sony Pictures’ Marvel sequel “No Way Home” grossed an believed $52.7 million about the weekend to bring its three-7 days total to $609.9 million. That ranks 10th all-time in North America. Globally, it truly is designed $1.37 billion, a complete that places it higher than “Black Panther” and would make it the 12th maximum grossing film globally.

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“No Way Household,” Tom Holland’s 3rd standalone film as the webslinger, gave a substantial raise to the box-workplace restoration that started off in earnest final spring when U.S. cinemas opened just after a calendar year of COVID-19 closures. Marvel films dominated the turbulent yr, accounting for the top 4 motion pictures of 2021: “No Way Residence,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings,” “Venom: Allow There Be Carnage” and “Black Widow.”

The North American box business in 2021 amounted to $4.5 billion, according to facts company ComScore. That’s about 60% down from 2019 — back prior to the days of masked moviegoers, social distancing and virus variants like the at present surging omicron.

Whether the films will ever arrive at people pre-pandemic totals all over again is uncertain, presented that distinctive theatrical home windows have given that shrunk, studios have experimented with hybrid releases and minor besides superhero films are packing theaters. Partly due to COVID-19 disruptions, the 2022 release agenda is unusually packed with opportunity blockbusters, which include “The Batman,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Jurassic World: Dominion,” “Thor: Adore and Thunder” and “Avatar 2.”

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Second position around the weekend went to Common Picture’s animated sequel “Sing 2.” It took in $19.6 million in its second weekend to deliver its two-week overall to $89.7 million. Which is a continual outcome supplied that relatives motion pictures and movies skewing towards more mature moviegoers have been the slowest to bounce again for the duration of the pandemic. “Sing 2” added one more $54.9 million internationally. It really is trajectory must make it the top rated animated release of the pandemic.

But soon after “No Way Home” and “Sing 2,” there was very little that appealed to moviegoers above the vacation weekend.

“The King’s Gentleman,” the 3rd installment in Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman” sequence, grossed a modest $4.5 million in its next 7 days just after a lackluster debut. But that was even now great sufficient for 3rd put. The Disney launch, generated by 20th Century Studios, has built $47.8 million globally.

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Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” sold $2.1 million in tickets in its fourth weekend. While holding perfectly (the film dropped 26% from the 7 days prior), the when-envisioned holiday getaway upswing for the acclaimed musical has not materialized. “West Facet Story” has grossed a disappointing $29.6 million domestically.

Immediately after flopping on its debut previous week, Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix Resurrections” dropped a steep 64% in its second weekend with $3.8 million. The film is simultaneously streaming on HBO Max, a 2021 apply that the studio has pledged to end in 2022. The lengthy-in-coming “Matrix” reboot was even edged by the 2nd week of the Kurt Warner NFL drama “American Underdog,” which grossed $4.1 million for Lionsgate.

Just one of the only new releases of the week was Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria,” with Tilda Swinton. Its distributor, Neon, has laid out a novel approach for the art-home release, enjoying the film in only one particular theater at a time, with no programs for a long term streaming or physical launch. “Memoria” began its quixotic, cross-place journey with $52,656 due to the fact opening Dec. 16 at New York’s IFC Center.

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Estimated ticket income for Friday by way of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Closing domestic figures will be launched Monday.

1. “Spider-Person: No Way Household,” $52.7 million.

2. “Sing 2,” $19.6 million.

3. “The King’s Person,” $4.5 million.

4. “American Underdog,” $4.1 million.

5. “The Matrix Revolutions,” $3.8 million.

6. “West Facet Story,” $2.1 million.

7. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $1.4 million.

8. “Licorice Pizza,” $1.2 million.

9. “A Journal for Jordan,” $1.2 million.

10. “Encanto,” $1.1 million.

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Comply with AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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