Spider-Man: No Way Home has wreaked havoc at the box office, with the film already competing in advance booking sales with historic blockbusters like Baahubali 2, Avengers: End Game, Sultan, and War. Since the release of Avengers: End Game in April 2019, the film has amassed the most advance for a film in India, and according to BH’s estimations, the three major national chains – PVR, INOX, and Cinepolis – have sold over 4.75 lakh tickets. The estimated gross of advance tickets sold at national chains is Rs. 16.50 crores, which is more than the combined opening day gross of five major Bollywood blockbusters – Bell Bottom, Bunty Aur Babli 2, Satyameva Jayate 2, Antim, and Tadap.
To be clear, we’re only talking about the film’s advance booking, and that too in three large chains, as opposed to the total India collections of the aforementioned Bollywood blockbusters. By Wednesday evening, the opening day totals of the aforementioned five films, plus Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, will have surpassed the opening day totals of these three franchises. And this says a lot about the joy that Spiderman is causing in theatres. The film has reintroduced audiences to the theatres in a big way, and the anticipation for it is the strongest for a feature film in India since Avengers: End Game.
There are still one and a half days for the film to sell more advance tickets, and by the end of Wednesday, one expects a ticket sale of 7 to 10 lakh at national chains, putting up an earth-shattering advance booking figure in excess of Rs. 24 crores, making it one of the highest in Indian cinema history.
The film is doing well in all markets, including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala in the south. Spiderman’s advance booking response has been HISTORIC, and the film has already produced MAYHEM at the box office in India, months before its debut. There have also been reports of server crashes from a variety of regions as a result of high traffic on the websites. Nearly 2.90 lakh tickets have been sold in advance for the opening day, Thursday, with the remaining seats distributed over the weekend. Spiderman is on track for a record-breaking opening of Rs. 30 crore net on a working Thursday, indicating that audiences are prepared to leave their homes to see a film on the big screen if the material is compelling enough.
The film has outperformed all expectations in terms of pre booking, and now all eyes are on the opening day, when it is expected to surpass Sooryavanshi as the biggest opener of 2021 in Hindi belts. And, amazingly, this is happening despite a limited release on about 2400 screens, proving once again that screen count has no bearing on box office revenues. We have given reasons for certain films suffering due to the Maharashtra 50 percent occupancy cap or the Covid fear in recent weeks, but now comes a Hollywood film to debunk all myths and send out a message loud and clear: make a big film, and there is enough capacity even in just 2500 screens to put up an earth-shattering opening of Rs. 30 crore or more.