'Spider-Man' comes back swinging, takes box office No. 1 from 'Scream'
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Tom Holland in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home." (Sony Pictures via AP)
Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, January 23, 2022 1:38PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 2:51PM EST
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 theaters and became the sixth highest grossing film of all time, globally.
The film topped the North American charts with $14.1 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Globally, it's now grossed nearly $1.7 billion, passing the total earnings of both “Jurassic World” and “The Lion King.” And in North America its $721 million make it the fourth biggest release ever.
Peter Parker also stole first place back from “ Scream,” which fell about 59% - a typical drop for a horror- in its second weekend with an estimated $12.4 million in ticket sales. The Paramount release has grossed $51.3 million so far.
Universal and Illumination's “Sing 2” landed in third place in its fifth weekend, with $5.7 million. The animated title has earned $241.2 million worldwide.
There was little competition for the holdovers to contend with this weekend. The only two fresh offerings nationwide in theaters 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 $750,000 from over 2,000 locations), and “Redeeming Love,” a faith-based historical romance with Nina Dobrev that cracked the top five with $3.7 million.
“This is a very slow weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. “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 U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” $14.1 million.
2. “Scream,” $12.4 million.
3. “Sing 2,” $5.7 million.
4. “Redeeming Love,” $3.7 million.
5. “The King's Man,” $1.8 million.
6. “The 355,” $1.6 million.
7. “American Underdog,” $1.2 million.
8. “The King's Daughter,” $750,000.
9. “West Side Story,” $689,000.
10. “Licorice Pizza,” $683,357.