Having smashed “pandemic-era” records with one of the biggest openings of all time and went on to become the first film since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to break the $1 billion mark at the box office, Sony Pictures is popping the champagne corks once more with the news that Spider-Man: No Way Home is now the studio’s highest-grossing movie ever.
The Marvel Studios-produced superhero adventure has pulled in $536.6 million domestically by close of play on Wednesday, with a further $644.9 million from international markets as of latest reports (the figure will now stand higher). That gives the web-slinger’s third MCU solo movie $1.1815 billion and counting, putting it ahead of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and its $1.13 billion haul to become Sony’s biggest ever release.
Meanwhile, with No Way Home still raking in the cash at the box office, Sony chairman Tom Rothman and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige have revealed to THR that they will be going all out with a For Your Consideration campaign during awards season in the hope that it can follow in the footsteps of Black Panther and secure a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards.
“Quality commerciality is really hard to do. No Way Home is superb filmmaking. And this is what the Academy needs to stay connected to,” said Rothman. “I think it’s fabulous that art films are now recognized [at the Oscars] to the degree that they are — but not to the exclusion of quality commercial cinema. We have to overcome, weirdly, the prejudice against the fact that it’s a big hit.”
“I think both of these types of films deserve recognition,” said Feige, before adding that he hopes the Academy voters “think about the artistry that goes into storytelling that connects with a wide range of people on a very emotional level. It’s a good thing when people are in a theater and they stand up and cheer. It’s a good thing when people are wiping tears because they’re thinking back on their last 20 years of moviegoing and what it has meant to them. That, to me, is a very good thing — the sort of thing the Academy was founded, back in the day, to recognize.”
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For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: No Way Home sees Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home) directing Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Zendaya (MJ), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Angourie Rice (Betty Brandt), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Jason Ionello), Benedict Wong (Wong), J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), Martin Star (Mr. Harrington), J.B. Smoove (Mr. Dell), Hannibal Buress (Coach Wilson), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus), Rhys Ifans (Lizard), Thomas Haden Church (Sandman), and Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin).