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.