Spider-Man: No Path Home (photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)
December 24, 2021
Entered the extended Christmas weekend box office, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Path Home looks set to add to its blockbuster status, possibly surpassing $ 90 million in revenue in week two in North America. The Tom Holland star has already surpassed $ 356 million in domestic ticket sales; $ 779 million worldwide. The film is now the highest-grossing US title in 2021, overtaking MGM’s last James Bond actor No time to die with $ 774 million.
No way home seems to surpass Chinese comedy Hi Mom ($ 822 million) as he narrows the gap with the communist country’s nationalist war drama, The Battle of Changjin Lake, which tops the global box office with $ 902 million.
It’s been an interesting dynamic in 2021 with the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party leading to a quiet government ban on most Western films at No. 2 worldwide at the box office. It’s a nationalist trend that manifested itself at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The United States team dominated the China event in the overall medal count on the final day – in the last event (!) Of the competition only intensified the geopolitical intrigue . Just a few weeks ago Changjin Lake lead at the box office seemed unbeatable. Could the final days of 2021 produce another upheaval?
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Back in the homeland, a separate battle finds Disney’s family animated film Sing 2 should beat Warner Bros. Pictures’ Matrix resurrections plus dark comic spy action from 20th Century Studios The king’s man, a questionable prequel to 2014 Kingsman: Secret Service and 2017 Kingsman: the golden circle.
Wrote Clarisse Loughrey in the Independent: “The Kingsman franchise is truly a test of what audiences are willing to put up with in exchange for a handful of cool action scenes.”
For fans of Matrix film trilogy, it’s been 18 years since Keanu Reeves’ Neo died saving humanity. In Resurrections, Neo, and his romantic partner Tiffany (Carrie-Anne Moss), both return from the dead, with Neo in therapy to handle it all. Perhaps affecting the box office: HBO Max, which aired all of Warner’s theatrical releases simultaneously this year.
Sing 2 could make $ 55 million on the extended five-day weekend box office, with Resurrections to $ 35 million and the king’s man to $ 17 million.