‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ dethrones China’s Korean War epic as 2021’s highest grossing film

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  • Marvel and Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” surpassed the billion-dollar mark over the weekend to become the highest-grossing film of 2021, garnering more than $1.37 billion.
  • The superhero threequel pushed China’s Korean War epic “The Battle of Lake Changjin” to second place without the help of the Chinese movie market.
  • The film has yet to receive the green light to premiere in China.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” has become the highest-grossing film of 2021, dethroning the Chinese Korean War epic “The Battle of Lake Changjin” at the box office worldwide.

By the end of last year, Sony and Marvel’s latest release had garnered more than $1.37 billion at the worldwide box office. The film also amassed $609.9 million at the domestic box office in three weeks, placing the threequel in ninth place on the list of domestic all-time highest grossing films, ABC News reported.

With its worldwide box office revenue, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” now sits between “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Black Panther” at 12th place on the list of global all-time highest grossing films. The sequel to 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has become the first movie to surpass the billion-dollar mark since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which was released in December 2019, according to Comscore via BBC.

  Despite never having been released in China, much like other Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Four movies such as “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” and “Eternals,” the newest “Spider-Man” film has dethroned China’s “The Battle of Lake Changjin” – a fictionalized retelling of how Chinese soldiers defeated American soldiers during the Korean War’s Battle of the Chosin Reservoir – which made more than $902 million at the worldwide box office in 2021..

Although there is no word yet on whether or not “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will premiere in China anytime soon, Sony had reportedly released a Chinese poster for the threequel last year. Several fans reportedly managed to share spoilers  and screenshots of the film on China’s Weibo during the holidays.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Benedict Cumberbatch, was released in U.S. theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.

Featured Image via Sony Pictures Entertainment

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