Spider-Man: No Way Home has quickly made its mark as the first true COVID-19 blockbuster. As of January 7, 2022, it has climbed the box office charts and appears poised to continue its run. Are records in sight?

No Way Home has jumped up to #8 on the list of the top films ranked by all-time domestic gross. It’s the first movie to enter the list since Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

No Way Home is a little more than $20 million behind Jurassic World. If it makes half the money this coming weekend that it did last weekend, it should pass the dinosaur park sequel and have Titanic squarely in its sights.

Superhero films have dominated the box office over the past several years. Spider-Man: No Way Home is already the fourth-best earner among superhero films. The top-ranked non-Marvel movie is Incredibles 2, which grossed $608.6 million.

The picture changes only a little when we look at domestic ticket sales instead of gross. This metric isn’t perfect, but generally does a better job of capturing the relative popularity of films over time.

No Way Home is #6 and only 3.2 million tickets behind 2002’s Spider-Man, Spidey’s first blockbuster.

No Way Home has hit a milestone on the toughest box office chart to crack, the one that measures All-Time Domestic Ticket Sales. The film currently sits at #50, sandwiched between Home Alone and Incredibles 2. It has a lot of room to grow but will have to maintain its popularity to hit the top ten.

Note that my numbers on ticket sales may differ slightly than those found elsewhere, including Wikipedia. All ticket sale numbers are estimates. Mine are compiled from research into a large number of secondary and primary sources.

Adam Call Roberts

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