Box office: Spider-man confirms the power of funny

Our first box office report for 2022 finds Spider-man on a pile of money taunting Omicron.
Spider-man holds head

Before Christmas, Spider-man: No Way Home emerged as the juggernaut of 2021, taking no less than $26.19 million when it launched on the weekend of December 19. It did six times of the business of No Time To Die. The screen average was a delicious $33,000, to the relief of the exhibition sector which gave it 1121 screens. 

How does that compare with Christmas 2019, just before the plague arrived? The audience candy was Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, which arrived on 1056 screens, and made $22.57 million for its first week with an opening screen average of $21,000. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.