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Spider-Man: No Way Home becomes first pandemic-era film to top $1bn

The Spider-Man franchise has become the first pandemic-era film to gross more than $1 billion (£750 million) at the global box office. Spider-Man: No Way Home was also the highest-grossing film of 2021.

It triumphed over the Chinese-made Korean War epic The Battle of Lake Changjin, which has earned more than $905 million worldwide. According to media data analytics firm Comscore, the most recent film to gross more than $1 billion was 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Since the pandemic began two years ago, no other Hollywood production has come close to reaching that box office milestone.

Over the weekend, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film grossed $1.05 billion at the global box office.

The Sony-Disney collaboration reached a milestone less than two weeks after its premiere, even as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spread rapidly around the world, raising new concerns about indoor events.

The film has yet to be released in China, the world’s largest cinema market. Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, alongside Zendaya as MJ and Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer Doctor Strange.

Spider-Man: Far From Home, the franchise’s 2019 offering, was the first Spider-Man film to break the $1 billion mark at the box office and is currently the highest-grossing film in the franchise, with $1.132 billion in global ticket sales, according to ComScore. The latest film is a sequel to Far From Home, in which the villainous Mysterio unmasked Parker before his death.

In 2015, Disney, Marvel Studios, and Sony agreed to share the film rights to Spider-Man, resulting in the introduction of a new iteration of the character and integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Prior to No Way Home, MGM’s latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which grossed $774 million worldwide, was the highest-grossing Hollywood film of both 2021 and the pandemic.

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