Monday, May 27, 2024

“Spider Man” Fans Stare COVID Down as Movie Scores $253 Million, 3rd Biggest All Time Weekend



“Spider Man” fans stared down Omicrom and laughed in its face this weekend. “No Way Home” scored the 3rd biggest weekend in Hollywood history with $253 million at the box office. (The last two Avengers movies are ahead of it.)

The Jon Watts directed third film in his series, and 8th overall in the “Spider Man” oeuvre, brings the worldwide total in just four days to $587 million. Spidey is on his way to $1 billion.

It’s  a victory for Sony, Columbia Pictures, Amy Pascal, and movie theaters. Hopefully the good vibes will spread to other movies as well. If you can’t get in to “Spider Man,” try “West Side Story”!

Alas, other movies were not so lucky this weekend. “Nightmare Alley” opened with less than $3 million as audiences stayed away from the Guillermo del Toro horror remake. Movies that didn’t go right into wide release before the ‘Cron tsunami are hurt the worst. “Licorice Pizza,” stuck in four theaters, may never expand at this point, with video on demand its only solution.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News