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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ becomes sixth-highest grossing film of all time

The web-slinging sequel has surpassed 'Jurassic World' and 'The Lion King'

By Joe Goggins

Tom Holland 'Spider-Man'
Tom Holland made his third stand-alone appearance as Peter Parker in 'No Way Home'. (Photo: Sony)

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ has become the sixth-highest grossing film in history.

The Marvel blockbuster’s global box office take now stands at $1.69 billion (£1.25 billion), meaning it surpasses ‘Jurassic World’ ($1.67 billion) and ‘The Lion King’ ($1.662 billion) to take sixth spot, unadjusted for inflation. It also becomes the first film to surpass $1 billion world-wide since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with the last being ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ in 2019.

‘No Way Home’ marked Tom Holland’s third stand-alone outing as the iconic web-slinger, and saw him joined by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who reprised their own roles as Spider-Man from franchises past. The movie has now only been outgrossed by five films – ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’, both of which also featured Holland as Spider-Man, ‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

‘No Way Home’ remains in cinemas in many countries, meaning it could yet move further up the top ten. Plans for a sequel are already afoot, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige telling The New York Times last month that discussions are already underway between himself and his opposite number at Sony, Amy Pascal.

“Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about – yes, we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after ‘Far From Home’. That will not be occurring this time,” he said.

Feige was making reference to a financial stand-off between the two companies that led to ‘No Way Home’ being delayed. “I love working with Kevin,” Pascal added in the same interview. “We have a great partnership, along with Tom Rothman, who runs Sony and has been instrumental, a great leader with great ideas. I hope it lasts forever.”

Holland will be expected to return for the next instalment, although whilst on the promotional trail for ‘No Way Home’ in December, he cast doubt on his future in the industry. “I don’t even know if I want to be an actor,” he told Sky News. “I started acting when I was 11 and I haven’t done anything else, so I’d like to go and do other things. Genuinely, I’m sort of…having a midlife crisis – at 25, I’m having like a pre-midlife crisis.”