Spider-Man Dethrones Scream

Horror flick was No. 1 for a single weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2022 1:20 PM CST
Spider-Man Dethrones Scream
Neve Campbell, left, and Courteney Cox appear in a scene from "Scream."   (Brownie Harris/Paramount Pictures via AP)

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, the AP reports. 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 film—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. "This is a very slow weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, adding, "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 US 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
(More box office stories.)

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