As "Spider-Man: No Way Home" continues to hit higher U.S. theatrical revenue marks, 2021 scored a healthy improvement for the U.S. movie industry versus a year ago -- now at $4.5 billion, more than double the revenue for 2020, the first year of the pandemic.
Still, while the just-concluded year was up 113% versus a year ago -- $2.1 billion, according to IMDb Box Office Mojo -- it is 61% lower than the $11.3 billion posted in 2019 year, still way down from the pre-pandemic total.
The rapid spread of another COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is threatening near-term U.S. box-office revenue.
Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” started off 2022 strong, adding another big haul of $52 million in its third week of release for the New Year’s weekend, according to Comscore.
Comscore says the first weekend of 2022 totaled $96 million for all U.S. theatrical releases versus $4.5 million during the same period in 2021.
The latest version of “Spider-Man” has now become the 10th-best U.S. movie release of all time -- with $609.9 million, according to Comscore.
On a global basis, the Sony Pictures movie is now at $1.4 billion in revenue, according to Box Office Mojo.
Against this competition, Universal Pictures’ animated “Sing 2,” now in its second week, scored a healthy $19.6 million -- now totaling $89.7 million for its U.S. theatrical film release to date.
Top-grossing U.S. movies in 2021 after “Spider-Man” ($572.6 million) are: Walt Disney’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” ($224.5 million). Sony Pictures’ “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($212.5 million); Disney’s “Black Widow” ($183.7 million); and Universal’s “F9: The Fast Saga” ($173.0 million).