Just a short while ago, it seemed like the only thing on movie fans’ minds was the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” The film promised a Marvel event like no other, and boy, did it deliver. “No Way Home” features the return of classic Spidey villains the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Electro (Jamie Foxx), and more plus saw all three live-action versions of Spider-Man in one film for an iconic meetup. It raked in over $260 million during its opening weekend and has become the third highest-grossing movie ever stateside, proving just how epic of a film it is (via Box Office Mojo).
In comparison, “The Batman” earned $128.5 million, making it the second-best opening during the pandemic behind “No Way Home” (via Box Office Mojo). In terms of moviegoers, “The Batman” coaxed 9.5 million people into theaters over opening weekend, whereas “No Way Home” persuaded 20 million (via Deadline). More than likely, the difference in earnings between the two really comes down to the films’ major differences. Although both are essentially superhero films, one was a massive crossover event while the other was more along the lines of a psychological thriller. Additionally, at two hours and 56 minutes, “The Batman” was nearly half an hour longer than “No Way Home,” meaning the latter probably had more showings. All in all, though, both films are feats in their own right for superhero fans and movie lovers alike.