Superhero movies seem to have become the predominant genre in cinema as of late, at least when it comes to box office returns. This has been recently demonstrated by Black Widow and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, generating $80 million and $90.1 million respectively in their opening weekends.

However, it seems that Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to surpass them both. The movie is scheduled to release this Friday, and is already boasting box office projections close to $150 million. This would make it the biggest debut since Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker generated $177 million in December 2019.

These projections also seem very achievable, given that the previous entries in the series, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home opened to $117 million and $92 million respectively. The upcoming movie has also broken pre-sale records, even causing several ticket websites to crash.

It certainly seems like the movie has built up a tremendous amount of hype and momentum around itself. However, these lofty projections still fall short of Sony’s initial expectations.

As per a Variety report, Sony expects the movie to bring in a relatively modest but still impressive $130 million in its opening week. While this would be biggest opening week in the COVID era, Sony’s initial estimates were as much as $120 million higher.

The reasons for Sony downplaying their projections is not yet clear. However, whether the movie makes $130 million or $250 million, fans simply cannot wait for the weekend.

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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