‘Spider-Man’ swings back to top spot

Lindsey Bahr

AP – After spending one weekend in second place, Spider-Man: No Way Home proved it still had some fight left. Sony’s superhero juggernaut swung back to first place in its sixth weekend in theatres and became the sixth highest grossing film of all time, globally.

The film topped the North American charts with USD14.1 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Globally, it’s now grossed nearly USD1.7 billion, passing the total earnings of both Jurassic World and The Lion King. And in North America its USD721 million make it the fourth biggest release ever.

Peter Parker also stole first place back from Scream, which fell about 59 per cent – a typical drop for a horror – in its second weekend with an estimated USD12.4 million in ticket sales. The Paramount release has grossed USD51.3 million so far.

Universal and Illumination’s Sing 2 landed in third place in its fifth weekend, with USD5.7 million. The animated title has earned USD241.2 million worldwide.

There was little competition for the holdovers to contend with this weekend. The only two fresh offerings nationwide in theatres were comparatively lower-profile releases: The King’s Daughter, a fairy tale with Pierce Brosnan that was filmed in 2014 and held until now (it bombed with USD750,000 from over 2,000 locations), and Redeeming Love, a faith-based historical romance with Nina Dobrev that cracked the top five with USD3.7 million.

“This is a very slow weekend,” said senior media analyst for Comscore Paul Dergarabedian. “January is typically not a big month for box office. It may be a while before we have another big breakout hit, but once we do the floodgates may open.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at United States and Canadian theatres, according to Comscore.
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home, USD14.1 million.
2. Scream, USD12.4 million.
3. Sing 2, USD5.7 million.
4. Redeeming Love, USD3.7 million.
5. The King’s Man, USD1.8 million.
6. The 355, USD1.6 million.
7. American Underdog, USD1.2 million.
8. The King’s Daughter, USD750,000.
9. West Side Story, USD689,000.
10. Licorice Pizza, USD683,357.

Attendees dressed as Spider-Man gather during New York Comic Con at the Jacob K Javits Convention Centre in New York. PHOTO: AP