Spider-Man: No Way Home sets record for most digital sales with $42M in first week

No Way Home is no longer in theaters, but it can't just help break records now that it's finally available for home viewing.


Spider-Man: No Way Home's box office success is no secret. The 2021 film set a COVID-19 pandemic record whilst web-slinging to a global haul of nearly $1.9 billion - good for sixth all-time. Even though Tom Holland's third Spider-Man outing was a massive draw in theaters, it appears that the threequel is just as big of a hit now that it's available for unlimited viewing at home.

We might as well add "breaking records" to the long list of abilities that Spider-Man has.

According to Deadline, No Way Home, which beat Avatar for the third spot at the domestic US box office, sold over 2.1 million units in its first week of digital release in the United States, a figure that amounts to $42 million.

As fun as it was to watch No Way Home in theaters, the digital release might feature the film's definitive version. After seeing Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange get roped into the antics of Holland's Spider-Man along with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire as their respective Spider-Man variants, Marvel Studios still had to cut a handful of scenes from the movie's theatrical version despite the lengthy runtime. This is perhaps what drove fans to throw their money at Marvel Studios and Sony's third collaborative Spider-Man film after promising at least 80 minutes of bonus content.

After two relatively lackluster Spider-Man movies, Andrew Garfield redeemed himself with his performance in No Way Home.

It's amazing just how big No Way Home has become when you consider that its status as an MCU film was once in limbo.

There was a time following 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home that Sony and Marvel were at an impasse regarding the future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thankfully, Holland made a few drunk calls to the right people that ultimately led to the film's creation. More importantly, it appears that No Way Home has opened the doors for Sony to pursue its Spider-Man films, with reports of Andrew Garfield reprising his role for a third outing as part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe.

The only bad takeaway from No Way Home's achievement is that we'll have to wait for a while to see Holland come back to the big screen.

After establishing himself as a box office draw with Marvel Studios, Holland cemented his status with the live-action adaptation of Uncharted and now he's all but expected to come back as Nathan Drake in a sequel.

The prevailing theory is that Charlie Cox's future Daredevil projects in the MCU will see him working together with Holland's Peter Parker.

With the MCU set to explore other pockets of its cinematic universe for the next year or two, we wouldn't be surprised if we don't end up seeing Holland until the next Avengers film.

Speaking of the future of Disney's live-action comic book adaptations, the next few months are going to be big for Marvel fans. Oscar Isaac will make his highly anticipated debut as Moon Knight on March 30 with Cumberbatch coming back as Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6. Sony is also dropping Morbius on April after multiple delays, but judging by the reviews so far, things aren't looking good for the Jared Leto-led sci-fi thriller.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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