Spider-Man sees you, Avatar, right on it’s way to flying straight past you on the all-time box office chart.
After eight-plus weeks in theaters, Spider-Man: No Way Home finally leap over James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster to become the third highest grossing movie ever at the North American domestic box office.
The Marvel sequel’s stateside total now stands at $761 million, now a half-million more than Avatar. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens (936 million) and Avengers: Endgame ($858 million) stand above it. Barring an unexpected upsurge in ticket sales, those two behemoths will remain out Spidey’s reach.
The tally also boots No Way Home‘s global standing, as it currently ranks 6th all-time worldwide with a haul of $1.8 billion. The top 5 — Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Avengers: Infinity War — have all cracked the $2 billion mark.
These numbers would be significant at any time, but their particularly impressive post-pandemic. Going into a third year, box office attendance and receipts still remain dramatically below pre-pandemic heights.
Well, except for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Or, to be more accurate, Spider-Men — because it’s that trio that sent this third chapter in the latest reboot franchise over the top and through the stratosphere.
With this monstrous success, it’ll be interesting to see how Marvel’s next blockbuster entry (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) will fare, particularly given its direct relation to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. It opens on May 6, 2022.