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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” became the first pandemic-era movie to eclipse $1 billion in global box office sales with another strong showing over Christmas weekend.

The Sony and Marvel flick pulled in an estimated $81.5 million over the three-day weekend – ahead of Universal’s “Sing 2” and Warner Bros.′ “The Matrix Resurrections”, which in the same period netted $23.8 million and 12 million, respectively.

In just 12 days, “Spider-Man” grossed $467 million from North American theaters, and $587.1 million in overseas markets – for a total of $1.05 billion globally.

The superhero movie is the first to reach that billion-dollar milestone since 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

“Spider-Man” accomplished the feat, despite not playing in the critical Chinese market and the threat of COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Tom Holland, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
Tom Holland, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
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The pandemic has taken its toll on the movie industry as reflected by annual box office sales.

With 2021 coming to a close, the North American box office is currently sitting at $4.3 billion and is likely to net out around $4.4 billion.

Pre-pandemic, it was normal for a year’s box office to surpass $11 billion.

With Post wires

Source: NYPOST

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