In the wake of the second anniversary of rapper Juice WRLD’s death, there’s been a second posthumous album released, “Fighting Demons,” and a two-hour documentary on HBO Max titled “Into the Abyss.”
"I remember walking off [the plane], and seeing through the window all the police and shit” Laroi recalled. “They said, 'Everybody get your passports out.' So I'm sitting down and Juice is sitting across from me… I kind of froze, I didn't really know what I could do to help him. At first, we just thought he was having a seizure, but then blood started coming out of his mouth and his nose. Then, everybody obviously started freaking out way more. So we're all just sitting there panicking. Then the police came over and handcuffed us all in a line and said, 'Get the fuck away from him…' They're telling Ally he's fine, but we're all looking like, 'Bro, he's bleeding.’”
Juice Wrld (real name: Jarad Higgins) later died of an accidental oxycodone and codeine overdose, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed. He was 21.
He turned 21 a few days prior, on Dec. 2. Chicago police reported that bags containing marijuana and bottles of prescription cough syrup, along with weapons, were all found on the private plane he took to Chicago.
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While it’s filled with positive moments, it also features Australian rapper the Kid Laroi, who was mentored by Juice, recounting the rapper’s final moments, as he succumbed to an accidental drug overdose. Juice’s girlfriend Ally was also present on the plane.
Watch the full segment below.

“The UAE has evolved dramatically from where it was 10 or 15 years ago in terms of what is accepted,” Ignace Lahoud, chief executive of Vox Cinemas, which is West Asia’s largest exhibition chain, recently told Variety.
The new rating will allow uncut versions of international movies to be shown in UAE cinemas, though details remain vague.
The United Arab Emirates has announced the addition of a new over-21 age classification to its motion picture rating system that could become a milestone in moving the needle against censorship across West Asia.
Yet, while "West Side Story" is not currently playing in the UAE, "Eternals" was not banned there, though some scenes were cut. The UAE is now generally considered the country that is pushing the censorship envelope the furthest in the region.
The UAE's Media Regulatory Office made the announcement Monday on Twitter, specifying that the new rating for films classified for audiences aged over 21 will allow the international — meaning uncut — version of movies to be shown in cinemas "with an emphasis on the strict following of age classification standards for audience entry."
"While this remains extremely vague, let’s propose the release of 'Boogie Nights' in theaters and see what happens," commented prominent independent West Asia distributor Gianluca Chakra, head of Front Row Filmed Entertainment, on Facebook.” />
Currently across a large portion of the region, which is also known as the Middle East, movies concerning or containing sex, homosexuality and religious issues are routinely cut to comply with censorship due to cultural constraints, or banned outright.
Though it's certainly a step forward, the full impact of of Monday's UAE media watchdog announcement remains to be seen. The key aspect will be what films will now be allowed to screen uncut to audiences 21 and over.
Recent examples of Hollywood films banned in parts of the region are Marvel's "Eternals," featuring the first MCU gay superhero, and Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story," which has a transgender character named Anybodys.

It's this evolution — from the particular experience of adapting to global fame to the more universal feeling of growing up — that Eilish (and her prolific producer-brother Finneas) dive into on the 16-track record. Songs like "Not My Responsibility" and "My Future" signal Eiilish's own maturity and self awareness about her relationship with fame, while songs such as "Therefore I Am" and the title track "Happier Than Ever" let loose the explosive intensity and emotion that made her a star in the first place. Billie Eilish's life changed a lot in the years between her debut, career-launching album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"  and her most recent album, released over the summer.
Rodrigo catapulted into pop stardom seemingly overnight with her debut single "Driver's License" last January and when her full album "Sour" dropped a few months later, it was clear to the entire world that Rodrigo was far from a one hit wonder. Chart-topping tracks such as "Good 4 U" and "Deja Vu" have been praised for showcasing the 18 year-old's vulnerable lyrics and powerful falsetto, being unabashedly teenager in the way that obvious influences such as Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift did before her. If you know a Rodrigo super-fan (and chances are, you definitely do), then this vinyl should be top of the list — especially if they weren't able to snag tickets to her upcoming tour.
And one of the most exciting aspects of the "Taylor's Version" phenomenon has been her "From the Vault" tracks,  songs that never made it onto her original albums. With "Red," Swift delivered on her promise to bring fresh material to her re-records: in addition to the long-rumored 10-minute version of "All Too Well" which took the world by storm earlier this year, the album also features brand new duets with Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton. Purchasing and streaming Taylor Swift music has taken on new meaning since the singer began re-recording her music in 2020, on a mission to reclaim ownership over her catalogue.
In edition to new releases, limited-edition boxed sets have also become a popular trend: The Beatles' "Let It Be" Deluxe Edition became an instant best-seller ahead of Peter Jackson's anticipated "Get Back" documentary, while "The Best Of" compilations from artists like The Weeknd and Fleetwood Mac continue to be a hit. Take a look below for some of the best vinyl holiday gifts of 2021:
Taylor Swift – 'Red (Taylor's Version)'
Harry Styles – 'Fine Line'
Consequently, fans can find vinyl releases by nearly every major artist of 20201, from superstars like Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift to more indie-leaning artsts like Phoebe Bridgers and Tame Impala. Vinyl sales have been on the rise since 2006, and last year was the first since 1986 that vinyl sales outnumbered CDs.
SZA's "Good Days" quickly made it onto Barack Obama's annual Best Songs List before topping the Billboard Hot 100 and being nominated for a Grammy last year. The melodic track sees SZA not just singing about love and heartbreak, but also the soul-searching process of overcoming fear and shame — all over guitar-tinged riffs that fans will remember from her acclaimed debut "Ctrl."
The pressure was on for the Swedish pop titans when they announced that they would return from their nearly 40-year hiatus with a new album. But the CD and vinyl versions of "Voyage" are already  best-sellers on sites like Amazon, meaning loyal fans haven't gone anywhere in their absence. And in a miraculous feat of nature, Abba's new music achieved what it had to in order to be successful, tapping into powerful feelings of nostalgia while also offering refreshing contemporary pop for fans to embrace. Any Abba fan will appreciate this gorgeous record, possibly in addition to tickets to their ongoing tour.” />
Bo Burnham – 'Inside (The Songs)'
Adele – '30'
Tame Impala – 'Slow Rush'
The most popular song from the soundtrack is “Bezos 1,” in which Burnham ridicules the former Amazon CEO in addition to other tech founders such as Jeff Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. We’re no longer locked inside like during the early stages of the pandemic, but we can still enjoy some of the best (and most hilarious) songs that kept us company during quarantine. Other songs on the soundtrack include “All Eyes on Me,” which became the first comedy song to enter the Billboard Global 200 Charts, and “White Woman’s Instagram,” a hilarious parody about social media tropes. After much anticipation, the vinyl version of Bo Burnham’s genius soundtrack to his Emmy-winning comedy special “Inside” was finally released last week.
Olivia Rodrigo – 'Sour'
Vampire Weekend – 'Father of the Bride'
It's songs such as "Unbearably White" and "How Long" (not to mention a trilogy of gorgeous duets with Haim) that make this entire album much welcome ear candy — for listeners new and old. Instead, their most recent album embraced the marriage of pop and rock at the perfect moment, when the traditional intensity of bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Strokes was beginning to lose its edge. It had been four years since Ezra Koenig and his fellow band members had released music when they finally dropped "The Father of the Bride" in 2019, and it was instantly met with praise from critics, despite (if not because) of its surprising departure from the classic rock that defined the band when they released their eponymous debut album in 2008.
The Weeknd – 'The Highlights'
Tame Impala (a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker) faced a steep challenge in topping his 2015 album "Currents," but he did it with "The Slow Rush." Parker and his bandmates were in the middle of tour when the world shut down in March of 2020, but fans were still able to connect with the album's personal and mournful lyrics from "Slow Rush" in the months that followed.
Kehlani – 'It Was Good Until It Wasn't'
 The 18-track record includes songs such as "Can't Feel My Face" off his 2015 album "Beauty Behind the Madness," followed by the equally massive "Starboy," which solidified his place in the big leagues. And with more recent hits including "Save Your Tears" and "After Hours" from his most recent album, you can be assured that whichever fan you're gifting won't already have this unique track list on hand. All the best tracks from The Weeknd, in one place. "The Best Of" vinyl compilations can feel disjointed but it makes sense for an innovative auteur like Abel Tesfaye whose 10-plus year career has packed in wildly different identities and phases for the singer, both as a performer and public-facing celebrity.
Phoebe Bridgers – 'Punisher'
"Toxic" opens Kehlani's second studio album, an honest introduction to an entire track list of songs that's less about the R&B singer's any one relationship and more a retrospective analysis of the psychology behind all of them. If the thesis of the album is about the risks of love, the argument is backed up by strong examples in songs like "Bad News" and "Can I." "I get real accountable when I'm alone," she sings in "Toxic," in which she grapples with her knowledge that she loves someone who's bad for her.
It can be almost as intense as Bridgers' music itself, beloved for its incisive and often jarring lyrics, laid atop pretty melodies and a soft-focus production so calming that it could almost lull you asleep — that is, until you realize she's singing from the perspective of a murderer taking their last breaths as in "Garden Song" or about her estranged father in "Kyoto," both off her latest album "Punisher." If you know someone who joined the Phoebe Bridgers fandom after her breakthrough debut album "Stranger in the Alps" in 2017 then you know how intense the obsession can be.
Sza – 'Good Days'
“Let It Be,” the final release of the Beatles’ original catalog, has gotten a lot of love this year. In addition to being memorialized through both film and book this year, the album was celebrated with a boxed vinyl set this past October, too. The special edition set was made available in several configurations, featuring a new remix by producer Giles Martin and and engineer Sam Okell, and a never-released mix of George Harrison's "For You Blue."
"Fine Line," for which he just wrapped a critically-lauded global tour, is more than the bops and soulful ballads that make it up but a fully-realized project that successfully reintroduced the teen heartthrob as a full-fledged rockstar. There are two kinds of people: the Gen Xers who have been in love with Styles since he first appeared on the "X Factor" stage more than 10 years ago, and those who didn't quite understand the pop star's McCartney-esque stage power until he reinvented himself with a prospering solo career.
Abba – 'Voyage'
Billie Eilish – 'Happier Than Ever'
The Beatles – 'Let It Be' Deluxe Edition
Adele is reportedly set to make more than $2 million per weekend during her recently-announced Las Vegas Residency which kicks off this January. And considering the astronomical prices that resale tickets are going for, you're likely to have much more luck gifting the Adele fan in your life her deluxe vinyl set. No, it's not the same as seeing the English pop star live (at the famous Colosseum at Ceasars Palace, no less) but it will give a retro feel to all her best hits from her latest album "30," such as "Easy on Me," "Oh My God" and "I Drink Wine."

Cann Unspiked x King St. Vodka Holiday Bundle” />
Kate Hudson and former NBA player Baron Davis are the stars of social tonic company Cann’s latest promo video that launched today, a “Saturday Night Live”-style skit that sees the pair preparing the company’s brand-new spiked cannabis drinks before their holiday festivities.
The pack, currently 20% off for a limited time, comes with one bottle of vodka and six packs of Cann's Cranberry Sage Unspiked. Unlike most of Cann's products, which contain small mixed doses of THC and CBD, their Unspiked drinks pack in a natural mix of agave nectar and carbonated water, that taste just as good alone as they do stirred with alcohol. Vodka. The video, directed by award-winning music video director Hannah Lux Davis, was released in tandem with the company's new holiday bundle, a collaboration between Cann and King St.
Rather, he sees the drinks company as a sign of an exciting cultural shift towards de-stigmatizing cannabis in the same way society began embracing alcohol after the Prohibition Era. For Criss, who runs his own piano bar in Hollywood, Cann is about more than offering an alternative to alcohol.
"Cann recognizes that there is huge value in trying to make it a little more accessible to people who don't don't necessarily use cannabis in the way that has been presented in popular culture in the past." "We're in a new dawn in the way that we perceive cannabis," he says.
"Cann in particular is trying to tear down these antiquated notions of getting super-duper high but rather having cannabis be something that’s much more laced in day-to-day life, in luxury." "You have to live under a rock to not understand the burgeoning cannabis market that is happening right now, at least in California," says Criss who began investing in the company close to two years ago, shortly after it launched in 2019.
Both performers are longtime investors in Cann, which creates CBD and THC-infused tonics as an alcohol alternative for social events. Hudson and Criss' on-screen cameos are no coincidence.
But the real standout is Darren Criss, whose new single “Christmas Dance” (off his debut holiday album “A Very Darren Crissmas”) soundtracks the entire video.   Plus, he makes an adorable cameo as an Elf on the Shelf, as he and Hudson reminisce about their time on “Glee” together.

Best start in the "Spider-Man" franchise 
Biggest December debut
The final month of the year is usually rife with blockbusters, and "No Way Home" still managed to crush tallies for previous December releases. Ewoks, who? With $600 million globally, Spidey surpassed 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($529 million globally) as the top start for December.
Below, Variety has compiled a list of box office benchmarks — pandemic and non — established by "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
As if it weren't already clear, audiences dig Holland's take on Queens' finest vigilante. Along with the top "Spider-Man" entry, "Spider-Man 3" also previously stood as Sony's biggest opening weekend with $381 million worldwide.
Imax's biggest weekend since 2019
Second-biggest domestic opening weekend in history
“'Spider-Man: No Way Home' is an exclamation point on the comeback we’ve seen at the box office in 2021, and an emphatic reminder of the unique power of the theatrical experience — especially Imax — to unite audiences worldwide in a global event,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax.
“No Way Home” newly supplants Tobey Maguire’s 2007 adventure “Spider-Man 3,” with $151 million (not adjusted for inflation), as the biggest Spider-Man opening weekend in history. That level of staying power is considerable because the character — previously portrayed by Maguire and Andrew Garfield — has appeared in eight standalone, live-action films in the past 19 years, in addition to several Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover events, such as “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame.”
It's the largest haul for the premium large format screen since "Avengers: Endgame" with $91 million, as well as the company's sixth biggest global weekend ever. A huge $36.2 million of global ticket sales came from Imax screens.
At Cinemark, another major movie chain, "No Way Home" ranked behind "Avengers: Endgame" as the company's biggest ticket-seller.
The third chapter in Holland's trilogy takes place after Peter Parker's identity is revealed to the world, igniting global chaos and — most importantly to Peter — causing in his best buds MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) to get rejected from MIT. Well, that's too far for Marvel's teen web-slinger. Desperate to restore a drop of normalcy, Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose spell goes wrong and yada yada yada, Spider-Man is suddenly face to face with villains from past Peter Parker timelines, including Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Otto Octavius. Demand was sky-high to watch the newest Spidey adventure in theaters because "No Way Home" promised a crossover event of legendary proportions. C'mon, don't you, too, need to know how the late, great Norman Osborn would fare when facing off Hollywood's most popular power couple, Zendaya and Holland? Being framed for murder is one thing, but preventing your friends from getting into college?
AMC Theatres, the world’s biggest exhibition chain, sold a record 7 million tickets over the weekend while notching several company benchmarks in the process, including the biggest December opening of all time and post-reopening domestic attendance records. AMC says that for the first time since December 2019, when “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hit the big screen, the movie theater chain has sold at least 1 million tickets each day between Thursday and Sunday.
Cinemark's second-biggest opening in history
With final tallies reaching $600 million worldwide, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" ranks as the third-biggest worldwide debut of all time behind “Avengers: Endgame” ($1.2 billion) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640 million). Notably, the top two films opened in China, which is currently the world’s biggest moviegoing market, while “No Way Home” has yet to secure a release date there.
"No Way Home" managed to rake in $121 million on Friday, cementing the film the second-largest single day earner behind, what else? No offense to Quentin Beck or Vulture, but Holland's former foes weren't half as enticing as Maguire or Garfield's enemies. To put those results in perspective, “No Way Home” sold more tickets on Friday alone than 2017’s “Homecoming ($117 million debut) and 2019’s “Far From Home” ($92 million debut) did in their respective opening weekends. "Avengers: Endgame" ($157 million). It's a mind-boggling feat, especially given COVID-19 and such.
“Historically, December is one of the biggest months of the year for major blockbuster releases, so to see ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ set a new all-time opening weekend box office record this month is significant not just for AMC, but for the entire theatrical industry,” said Adam Aron, AMC’s chairman and CEO.
Second-highest opening day ever
Top global opening weekend for Sony Pictures
Only one movie, Disney's epic Marvel mashup "Avengers: Endgame," which amassed a historic $357 million to start, has grossed more in a single weekend. Box office experts believe "No Way Home" could be the first movie since "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" in December 2019 to surpass $1 billion globally. Directed by Jon Watts, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" now ranks as the second-biggest domestic debut in box office history.
“Spider-Man fans proved they are some of the most enthusiastic moviegoers with their record-breaking support of the film’s debut around the world, making this live-action multiverse an international sensation that must be seen on the big screen,” said Justin McDaniel, Cinemark’s senior VP of global content.” />
Well, plenty of moviegoers did.
Third-largest global debut ever
Box office experts would have been impressed if "No Way Home" cracked $100 million in its debut. Bow down to Peter Parker. The superhero adventure put projections to shame, blowing past "Avengers: Infinity War" (which webbed up $257 million in pre-pandemic times) to land as the second-largest opening weekend ever. It's a feat that not a single COVID-era release has been able to accomplish.
AMC Theatres' biggest December opening of all time and best post-reopening domestic attendance
The comic book adventure, featuring Tom Holland as Marvel's web-slinging hero, has generated more money in a single weekend than any other pandemic-era movie has managed to earn in its entire theatrical run — and that's despite growing concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. How mighty were initial ticket sales?
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" annihilated expectations in its box office debut, capturing a towering $260 million over the weekend.

U.K. BAFTA events, including the 75th BAFTA Film Awards on March 13, 2022, BAFTA TV Craft Awards on April 24 and BAFTA TV Awards on May 8, are currently still going forward.
16 premiere of “Cyrano” at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures “out an abundance of caution given the changing COVID landscape,” the studio said in a statement. Most recently, United Artist Releasing postponed the Dec. News of the cancellation comes on the heels of a rapid spike in COVID cases worldwide.
The last get-together occurred in 2019 and attracted an A-List crowd, including Elton John, Leonardo DiCaprio, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Taron Egerton, Wesley Snipes, Patricia Arquette, Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver and Laura Dern, and directors Noah Baumbach, Bong Joon Ho, the Safdie Brothers, Pedro Almodóvar and Taika Waititi.” /> The BAFTA Tea is an annual affair at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills that takes place on the Saturday afternoon before the Golden Globes.
Tom Holland’s camp informed guests who attended his VIP party in Los Angeles following last week’s premiere of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” that one of the attendees tested positive a couple of days later. Holland also nixed his surprise appearances at Los Angeles theaters on the movie’s opening night due, in part, to COVID concerns.
However, given the uncertainties around the impact this current COVID-19 variant will have on our community, the prudent decision for BAFTA and our attendees is to delay resuming these large-scale events in Los Angeles.” In a letter to studio executives, BAFTA wrote, “In an abundance of caution, we have taken the difficult decision to halt our plans to host the BAFTA Tea Party on January 8 in Los Angeles. We were anticipating gathering together in person.
BAFTA Los Angeles’ annual awards season tea party, set for Jan. 8, has been canceled.

Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch for 2022 are Aitch Alberto (“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”), Mariama Diallo (“Master”), Audrey Diwan (“Happening”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”), Tatiana Huezo (“Prayers for the Stolen”), Nikyatu Jusu (“Nanny”), Megan Park (“The Fallout”), Cooper Raiff (“Cha Cha Real Smooth”), Goran Stolevski (“You Won’t Be Alone”) and Krystin Ver Linden (“Alice”).” />
6, but the Palm Springs International Film Society announced the change of plan in a statement on Monday. The annual awards were planned to be presented at a black-tie ceremony held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan.
"The Film Awards will partner with 'Entertainment Tonight' to celebrate this year’s honorees with details to follow," the statement continued. "Those who purchased tickets for the Film Awards will be reimbursed. We hope to return to the Film Awards to an in-person event in 2023."
The film society also noted that the screening portion Palm Springs Film Festival, which runs Jan. 7-17, will still take place and require proof of vaccination and masks in theaters. Details of COVID-19 safety protocols can be found at
In addition, Variety will not be hosting its annual "10 Directors to Watch" and Creative Impact Awards brunch in person. Initially planned for Jan. 7 at the Parker Palm Springs, honorees for that event include Javier Bardem (the Creative Impact in Acting award winner) and Asghar Farhadi (Creative Impact in Directing award).
The Vanguard Award goes to Sir Kenneth Branagh and the cast of "Belfast" (Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill), while the cast of "King Richard" (Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn) nabbed the Ensemble Performance Award. Boom!"), Lady Gaga (the Icon Award, "House of Gucci") and Nicole Kidman (the Career Achievement Award," Being the Ricardos"). Considered a pre-cursor to the Academy Awards and one of the first major award shows of the new year, the festival's 2022 awards honorees are Kristen Stewart (who earned the Spotlight Award, Actress for "Spencer"), Penélope Cruz (the International Star Award, Actress for "Parallel Mothers"), Jane Campion (Director of the Year, "The Power of the Dog"), Jessica Chastain (the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"), Jennifer Hudson (the Chairman's Award, "Respect"), Andrew Garfield (the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for "Tick, Tick …
This marks the second consecutive year the Palm Springs Film Awards gala has been canceled. Billie Holiday”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”), Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and the film “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” All 11 awardees went on to receive Academy Award nominations, with Hopkins, Kaluuya and Zhao nabbing Oscar trophies. For 2021, the film festival nominally acknowledged 11 honorees — Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Andra Day (“The United States vs.
"The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the largest events in the film world with 2,500 guests and more than 1,000 staff in the room." "We are taking this action due to the recent spike in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of the honorees, patrons, and staff," the statement read.
For the second consecutive year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has canceled its star-studded, in-person awards gala amid rising concerns around COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

That means "Morbius" and "Kraven the Hunter," as well as other Sony-Marvel properties in development, won't be able to ride the coattails of "Spider-Man" to be successful, even in an era where superheroes reign supreme at the box office. In other words, producers would be keen to heed the words of author Brodi Ashton: "Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with."” />
When it comes to comic book lore, Spider-Man strides high on the A-list. Five other superhero adaptations hit theaters this year: Disney's "Black Widow" ($379 million globally to date), "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($432 million globally to date), and "Eternals" ($399 million globally to date), Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" ($498 million globally to date) and the Warner Bros. (A caveat: "Black Widow" and "The Suicide Squad" debuted simultaneously on streaming services, but even without a hybrid release, they wouldn't have come close to matching Spidey's ticket sales — at least not in pandemic times.) If “No Way Home” sustains momentum, it could be the first COVID-era movie to cross $1 billion worldwide. That's the kind of coinage movie theaters desperately need so they can justify keeping the lights on. After three days in theaters, "No Way Home" has generated significantly more money at the global box office than any of those heroes were able to gross in their entire time on the big screen. redo "The Suicide Squad" ($167 million globally to date).
Pandemic notwithstanding, those are some head-spinning figures. Globally, it has netted $600 million, the third-biggest worldwide launch ever after “Avengers: Endgame” ($1.2 billion) and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640 million). The Sony Pictures film landed the second-highest debut in Hollywood history behind only "Avengers: Endgame" ($357 million). Despite concerns over rapidly spreading COVID-19 variants, inaugural ticket sales for "No Way Home" were able to reach rarified heights, and not just by COVID standards.
That's what makes Peter Parker so important.
13, 2023. 20, 2022; and "Kraven the Hunter," with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, currently scheduled for Jan. If those films can connect with audiences, though, it will be a testament to the popularity of all things Marvel Comics. Neither character are household names like Spider-Man, and to date, it does not seem as though the web-slinger will appear in either movie — at least, as played by Tom Holland. For Sony's Marvel movies, the truer test will be "Morbius," the oft-delayed thriller starring Jared Leto, which it set to open on Jan.
But the web-slinging superhero has made a pretty good case for his omnipotence after "No Way Home," the epic finale in the Tom Holland-led comic book trilogy, obliterated pandemic-era box office records over the weekend, debuting above initial estimates to $260 million in the U.S. and Canada. One could rightfully say that, duh, Peter Parker is part of Marvel, the biggest entertainment brand, so…umm…yeah?
And its 2022 slate returns the spotlight to Marvel's top shelf vigilantes like Doctor Strange, Thor and Black Panther. Disney's cavalcade of MCU installments appear to be bulletproof, even though recent entries have been dinged by the pandemic-battered box office. They'll have no trouble selling tickets, and lots of 'em. Though "Spider-Man: No Way Home" will almost certainly not be Holland’s last outing as Marvel’s friendly neighborhood web-slinger, it's natural to question how will lesser-known figures in Spidey's orbit will fare at the box office at a time when moviegoing has yet return to full strength.
But Peter Parker (and foes) also exist at a distance from Doctor Strange, Thor and Earth's Mightiest Heroes because Sony, which distributes the movies associated with Spider-Man and adjacent characters, has smartly used the brand equity of the MCU to spawn its own separate and expanding film franchise, one that is anchored by baddies like Venom, Morbius and Kraven. Essentially, Sony is enjoying the benefits of its relationship with Marvel twice over: It has the Spider-Man movies that exist in the MCU, and then its separate Marvel movie series. In its current iteration, "Spider-Man" shares important DNA with Disney's sprawling and ultra-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has certainly boosted the web-slinger's profile among Spandex-wearing heroes.
And that's only the live-action space. With "Into the Spider-Verse," which became a surprise box office success in 2018, and its upcoming sequel "Across the Spider-Verse," Sony has been able to web out its Spider-Man footprint through animation.
Though 2019's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" notched a slightly smaller opening-weekend result ($92 million) compared to 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($117 million), the second installment in the Holland-led series ended its box office run as the first to cross $1 billion globally. Peter Parker has been similarly resistant to franchise fatigue, at least since Holland has donned the red and blue suit. "Homecoming" tapped out with a still-impressive $880 million at the worldwide box office.
"Most big series struggle to maintain their success this late in their run," Gross adds. "In its 20th year and with its third lead actor, 'Spider-Man' is exploding."
"Any movie that's ever claimed the biggest, or one of the biggest, openings has had a hook. That's how entertainment sells," says Shawn Robbins, the chief analyst at Box Office Pro. "Whether it's the promise of revolutionary special effects, space battles, dinosaurs come to life, adaptations of popular literary material, character crossovers or everything in between, movies always have some hinging element to draw the masses."
Has "Spider-Man" become Hollywood's most important film franchise?
Spider-Man is one of the most well-known comic book characters in existence. Still, box office analysts believe there's a specific reason why "No Way Home" blew its predecessors out of the water in terms of opening weekend ticket sales. It's a nostalgia hook that so effectively capitalizes on two decades of affection and goodwill toward past "Spider-Man" movies, no comic book enthusiast would dare to refuse to watch on the big screen. Similar to "Infinity War" and "Endgame," teased as the most ambitious crossover events in history, the latest Spidey adventure wasn't your run-of-the-mill superhero origin story a la "Captain Marvel" or "Ant-Man." In the Jon Watts-directed "No Way Home," an erupting multiverse paves way for a tantalizingly rare, never-before-seen mashup of villains from Peter Parker's past, including Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina's Doctor Otto Octavius from Maguire's era and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from Garfield's reign. Moreover, certain actors were heavily teased but never confirmed to return, so people had to go opening weekend to find out who would pop up in the newest adventure.
His longevity is impressive considering the character — previously portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield — has appeared in eight standalone, live-action films in the past 19 years. (Holland's take on the teen vigilante has made several appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover events, such as "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Endgame.") In the right vehicle, moviegoers may never tire of watching Spider-Man in action on the big screen.
Audiences are willing to go to theaters — but certainly not for any ol' movie. In that respect, "No Way Home" has confirmed at least one truth that has been evident since the onset of COVID-19: Multiplexes have been — and will continue to be — more reliant than ever on superhero spectacles. The latest "Spider-Man" movie collected a ton of money at a time when at least two Oscar-worthy films in Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" and Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" have tanked at the box office.
"Needless to say, this template — an awkward introvert leads a double life flying around, using superpowers to right wrongs — works." Only a dozen series of any kind have reached nine episodes," says David A. Gross, who runs the film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. "Spider-Man joins Batman, Superman, and X-Men as the most prolific superhero series of all time.
"The splash effect for other Sony-Marvel adaptations could be significant, but time will tell. "As easy as Marvel Studios makes it look sometimes, there is no one-size-fits-all approach." Each movie is its own entity from production to marketing to release and reception," Robbins says.
It's notable that even during plague times, the character isn't experiencing diminishing returns. Already, Sony has found repeated triumphs in its own Marvel offshoot with "Venom," based on the antihero played by Tom Hardy. It was no fluke. The studio's sequel, 2021's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," generated $90 million in its domestic debut — a pandemic-record until "No Way Home" came along. Despite terrible reviews, 2018's "Venom" struck gold at the box office and collected $212 million domestically and $850 million globally. The PG-13 action adventure tapped out with $212 million in North America and $498 million worldwide, a great result for COVID times and one that likely would have been substantially higher had an extremely contagious virus not rattled the movie theater business.

SPOILER WARNING: This story discusses every post-credits scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, through 2021's "Spider-Man: No Way Home." In other words: It's all spoilers!
A quick word on criteria: This ranking includes any scene that plays after the end of an MCU title, usually mid-credits scenes (which play after the main title cards but before the final credits scroll) and end-credits scenes (which play after all the credits have rolled). Occasionally, this also includes scenes that play after the movie is over but before the credits have started. All the scenes have been ranked by how well they tease an upcoming title in the MCU, how surprising or revelatory they are, and by how fun they are. For Marvel's Disney Plus series, the list only includes post-credits scenes that play after season or series finales.
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To be sure, Marvel Studios did not invent this technique, but the company certainly has perfected it, using post-credits scenes to reinforce the central conceit that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an ever-expanding storytelling web that will never truly conclude or resolve. From "Iron Man" through 2021 releases like the feature "Eternals" and the Disney Plus series "WandaVision," the MCU has indulged in no less than 52 post-credits teasers to date.
Some of these scenes serve as a teaser for possible sequels or future MCU installments; some resolve a dangling plot strand from the preceding movie; some are just a funny gag. The best, as this ranking will hopefully illuminate, are a mix of all three.
Jackson emerged at the end of the "Iron Man" credits in 2008 speaking ominously of "the Avenger initiative," audiences are now conditioned to sit through the end credits of all kinds of movies on the expectation that at least one bonus scene awaits them. (Just in 2021, films as disparate as "Cruella," "In the Heights," "The Green Knight" and "Tom and Jerry" have featured scenes that run after the credits.) Ever since Samuel L.

Davidson, of course, is a “Saturday Night Live” star, while recording artist Cyrus is no stranger to NBC, having served as a judge on “The Voice.” More recently, Cyrus sealed an overall talent and development deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
ET. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. It will also be live-streamed on Peacock. Brandi Carlile, Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, 24kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h and recent Variety cover star Jack Harlow will join Miley Cyrys and “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson’s New York’s Even special, airing live from Miami on Friday, Dec.
The Cyrus/Davidson collab marks the end of Carson Daly’s reign as NBC’s New Years Eve host after 16 editions. (He had hosted since 2004, except for 2017-2018, when there was no special). Last year, Daly hosted NBC’s New Year’s Eve special live from Times Square with Amber Ruffin and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.” />
News, NBCUniversal. “In what is sure to be an exciting and fun evening, we are looking forward to partnering with Lorne Michaels and ringing in 2022 with a night of incredible entertainment, led by Miley and Pete,” said Jen Neal, executive VP, Live Events, Specials and E!
The announcement promises “more surprises to come!,” so more guests are likely to be announced in the coming days. “Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels will executive produce the special for NBC and Peacock.
Joe DeMaio will serve as director. “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted By Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Shookus. It will also be produced by Hopetown Entertainment, Miley Cyrus’ and Tish Cyrus’s production company. Den of Thieves will produce the special, with exec producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski.
As part of her first-look arrangement with NBC, Hopetown is developing scripted and unscripted projects for the NBCU outlets. She also signed on to star in three specials for NBCU, starting with the Pride concert special “Stand By You,” for Peacock earlier this year.