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Newest Spider-Man tops box office in huge way


Greg W. Locke

Whatzup Features Writer

Published December 29, 2021

After making his name with the one-two punch of Clown and Cop Car, “indie director” Jon Watts started his Marvel journey. Having just released his third Spider-Man film, No Way Home, Watts has now become one of the hottest names in Hollywood.

So yes, if you were wondering, Spider-Man: No Way Home opened big two weekends ago, taking the No. 1 spot at the box office with a whopping $253 million in domestic sales over the flick’s first three days of release.

Add in foreign sales and Watts’ latest flick has brought in $583 million in three days. No Way Home took the No. 1 spot this past weekend as well, selling another $81.5 million, upping the flick’s 10-day domestic sales total to an incredible $467 million. Add in foreign sales and Watts’ new hit has already made $1.05 billion. This is easily the biggest success we’ve seen in a film since COVID-19 hit.

Look for this one to sell well through the holidays and maybe even somehow cross the $2 billion mark before its all said and done.

Watts is already working on his fourth feature film, Fantastic Four. If that does well, we’re going to lose Watts to the MCU for another decade. But I’d much rather see this guy make movies like Cop Car.

Also at the Box Office

Sing 2 opened at No. 2 this past weekend with a decent $23.7 million in sales. Good job, kiddos.

The Matrix: Resurrections bombed, taking the No. 3 spot at the box office with just $12 million in sales in the U.S. over its first three days of release. Ouch. Add in foreign sales and The Matrix has sold just under $70 million worldwide already. Not Spidey numbers, but decent.

New releases The King’s Man ($6.3 million) and American Underdog ($6.2 million) rounded out the Christmas weekend top five, while P.T. Anderson’s new masterpiece, Licorice Pizza, finally opened wide, playing on 786 screens across the country and selling $2.3 million.

Screen Rant

We currently have the best set of films we’ve had at theaters at the same time in years. We have Drive My Car, Belfast, new Wes Anderson, Pedro Almodovar, P.T. Anderson, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Denzel Washington, Joel Coen, Adam McKay, Jane Campion, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Mike Mills, Chloé Zhao, and Jason Reitman at theaters across the country. And most of them are very good flicks.

I can’t remember another time when so many legends had films out at the same time.

I should also mention that, if you missed them, the Golden Globe nominations are out. They’re about what you expect. Also, as we now know, the Golden Globes are kind of a joke.

That being said, awards season is here! And so I checked out the current Vegas betting odds for Best Picture at the Oscars. Here’s how it broke down:

1. Belfast

2. West Side Story

3. The Power of the Dog

4. Nightmare Alley

5. Licorice Pizza

6. Dune

7. King Richard

8. The Tragedy of Macbeth

9. CODA

10. House of Gucci

That leaves out The Last Duel, The French Dispatch, Pig, Spencer, C’mon C’mon, The Card Counter, Passing, and Don’t Look Up.

One last thing: If you’ve not yet seen Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, it’s currently on Netflix. Despite what the reviews say, it’s excellent. It’s Dr. Strangelove meets Armageddon meets Idiocracy. This one will easily make my Top 10 of 2021.

A hilarious political satire about the end of the world starring several of the best living actors and written by one of the best living screenwriters? Just watch it!

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