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World Box Office, January 10-16, 2022

It took Ghostface to topple Spidey from his stratospheric box office heights. Scream, also known as Scream 5, scared up $30.6 million to unseat Spider-Man: No Way Home and claim boasting rights as the biggest-ever bow by a horror flick on a Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

The fifth in the slash movie series, and the first not to be directed by Wes Craven (who passed away in 2015), sees the return of Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox. In this “requel” (reboot/sequel), yet another killer donning the Ghostface mask compels the gang to return to Woodsboro.

Box office pundits pointed out that the movie, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, drew young moviegoers as well as those in their 30s and 40s, who loved the Scream series in the theaters or were introduced to them via streaming services.

They also credited Scream 5’s relatively good reviews, especially for a horror film, and the addition of a young, diverse cast: Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Jack Quaid, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Jenna Ortega, and Sonia Ammar.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man may have dropped to second place but it was still slinging webs and smashing records. The well-reviewed Sony/Marvel movie swooped past Black Panther to become the fourth biggest-earning film ever in the domestic market.

After surpassing Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, the Jon Watts-directed superhero film, predicted to rack up a cumulative of $703.9 million by Monday, joined the elite club of movies that earned $700 million or more domestically: Avatar, Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Spider-Man’s weekend haul was $20.8 million ($26 million estimated four-day earnings, including Monday’s holiday take).

Sing 2 warbled its way to a third-place finish with $8.27 million. Even though it was recently made available as a premium video on demand, the sequel has managed to collect a total of $122.11 million so far.

The 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan and Diane Kruger, drew a lackluster $2.34 million and ranked fourth. Finishing fifth was Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton’s The King’s Man, with $2.34 million.

Making it to the rest of the top ten were, in order: Mamoru Hosoda’s acclaimed anime feature, Belle ($1.65 million); American Underdog ($1.6 million); West Side Story ($900,000); Licorice Pizza ($850,000); and The Matrix Resurrections ($815,000).

In the international box office race, Spider-Man was still king with $33.4 million take in over 60 territories. That enabled No Way Home to swing past the $900 million benchmark (cumulatively, $926.3 million, to be exact).

The eighth live-action installment in the Sony franchise became the biggest-earning movie ever in Mexico ($72 million so far), and remains strong in Latin America, with solid performances in Ecuador, Brazil and Central America.

In the IMAX format, $40.7 million from offshore markets helped No Way Home hit the $100 million mark globally.

Overall, the 27th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now earned a staggering $1.625 billion.

Scream 5 also made its presence loud and clear in the overseas market with $18 million, thanks especially to strong ticket sales in Germany, the United Arab Emirates (where the film debuted at the top), Russia, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

Keanu Reeves’ The Matrix Resurrections bowed in China at number one, raking in $7.5 million. The fourth movie in The Matrix series collected a total of $11.1 million from offshore markets in this frame.

The King’s Man and Sing 2 grabbed $10.2 million and $8.4 million, respectively, in the international market.

Will Spider-Man: No Way Home surpass Avatar or even Avengers: End Game to become the third or second all-time domestic box office champ? That’s a question already being posed by box office experts.