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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home comfortably topped the Christmas weekend (December 24-26) UK-Ireland box office chart with £4.6m in its second session. 

That is a 76% drop on the MCU sequel’s huge opening three-day session of £19.1m last week (rising to £31.9m including previews), but nonetheless sees the film sail past the £50m mark, to £51.2m so far.

Spider-Man finished well ahead of Warner Bros’ opener The Matrix: Resurrections, which launched with a £905,158 three-day weekend, boosted by £1.7m from previews after opening on Wednesday (December 22), for a £2.6m total. Directed by Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, the film recorded a screen average of £4,516.

With most UK and Ireland cinemas closed on Christmas Day (Saturday), the vast majority of box office takings were recorded on Friday and Sunday. 

Well behind in third place was eOne’s Clifford The Big Red Dog, which added £349,836 on its third week for a £3.8m total

Fourth on the chart was West Side Story, which dropped 64% on its third week for Disney, with £212,271 taking it to £3.8m.

Rounding out the top five was the debut of Hindi-language sports drama 83, directed by Kabir Khan and distributed by Reliance, which opened with £137,899, rising to £182,518 including previews.

English cinemas are currently not subject to restrictions except mandatory face coverings. Welsh cinemas require a Covid pass and introduced 2m social distancing on December 26. Scottish cinemas introduced 1m social distancing on the same date. Irish cinemas are capped at 50% capacity and require proof of immunity to attend.