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Spider-Man: No Way Home becomes first pandemic-era movie to smash $1 billion milestone globally

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Spider-Man: No Way Home unwrapped the best Christmas gift of all, becoming the first pandemic era movie to cross $1 billion at the global box office.

Sony’s comic book epic has eclipsed that milestone in a near-record 12 days, tying with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the third fastest film to reach the billion dollar benchmark. Only 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame were quicker, smashing the coveted tally in 11 and five days, respectively.

It’s impressive that Spider-Man: No Way Home managed to blow past $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide given the rapidly spreading omicron variant of Covid-19. It makes Tom Holland’s Marvel superhero adventure the only movie since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to surpass $1 billion globally. No other Hollywood film has come close to nearing those box office revenues in the last two years.

Prior to Spidey’s reign, MGM’s James Bond sequel No Time to Die, which grossed $774 million globally, stood as the highest grossing Hollywood film of 2021 (and the pandemic). As the first movie to reach $1 billion worldwide, Spider-Man: No Way Home took the earthly throne from another box office behemoth, China’s The Battle at Lake Changjin ($902 million), to officially cement its place as the year’s highest grossing film worldwide. It’s also notable that No Way Home surpassed that high watermark without playing in China, which is currently the world’s biggest movie-going market.

At the domestic box office, Spider-Man: No Way Home had another dominating weekend, soaring high above the competition during a crowded Christmas corridor

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