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Spider-Man box office numbers climb in record books – Reuters

LOS ANGELES, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Final box office figures showed « Spider-Man: No Way Home » hauled in an even bigger audience than originally estimated, for a weekend total of $260 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, distributor Sony Corp (6758.T) said on Monday.

That lifted the superhero adventure to second on the list of all-time domestic openings for Hollywood films, just ahead of the nearly $258 million in 2018 for « Avengers: Infinity War. »

International ticket sales for « No Way Home » also rose to $340.8 million for a global total of $600.8 million.

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On Sunday, Sony had forecast that « No Way Home » would finish the weekend in third place domestically with $253 million and a worldwide total of $587.2 million. Monday’s figures included actual ticket sales from Thursday through Sunday night.

« Avengers: Endgame » holds the opening weekend record in the United States and Canada with a $357 million debut in 2019.

The performance of « No Way Home, » which stars Tom Holland as the web-slinging hero and Zendaya as his girlfriend, boosted theater chains such as AMC Entertainment (AMC.N) and Cinemark Holdings (CNK.N). Theaters are trying to recover from extended closures during the COVID-19 pandemic and face new concerns from the omicron variant heading into the normally busy week around Christmas.

Analysts said « No Way Home » proved interest in superhero movies remains high. The film also added to the intrigue by bringing in older Marvel characters in the conclusion of a popular trilogy. The movie played exclusively in theaters without an at-home streaming option.

Other films have struggled to draw people to cinemas. Director Guillermo del Toro’s thriller « Nightmare Alley, » for example, sold roughly $3 million worth of tickets over the weekend.

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Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by David Gregorio

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