Spider-Man: No Way Home is the holiday season gift that keeps on giving for Sony and Hollywood as it soared past $300m worldwide in its first three days and scored a remarkable $121.5m on Friday for the second highest North American opening day of all time.
The tentpole starring Tom Holland defied fears over the impact of Delta and the new Omicron variant on cinema-going at a time when restrictions and closures have come in across parts of Europe.
After three days it has reached an estimated $302.9m at the global box office, of which $181.4m hails from the international arena where the UK leads the way on $24.9m.
The debut in North America, where the film plays exclusively at 4,336 locations including all IMAX and PLF screens, broke records to rank as the highest December opening in history and set new marks for the Spider-Man franchise and Sony Pictures.
It delivered the second highest opening day ever behind only Avengers: Endgame which launched in pre-pandemic times in April 2019 on $157.5m. On Saturday Sony sources said it was projected to deliver $242m over the three-day North American session.
In other international highlights No Way Home stands at $20m in Mexico, $12.2m in South Korea, $10.4m in Australia, $9.6m in Brazil, $9.2m in France, $9.1m in Russia, $8.9m in India, $7m in Italy and $5.7m on Germany.
The superhero saga directed by Jon Watts is set to arrive in Japan in January. China remained unset at time of writing.