Excited about the latest instalment of our favourite web-slinging superhero, Spider-Man? You’re not alone because the newest chapter in the Marvel universe (made in collaboration with Sony, which still holds the rights to the Spider-Man brief for some reason), Spider-Man: No Way Home has already become the highest grossing movie in the US this year.

While the title might suggest the youngest Avenger (played by Tom Holland) might have no way home, Peter Parker is definitely bringing home the bacon. (Sorry, that was bad, I know.)

Tom Holland’s signature spider fight pose. Image: Sony.

The much-anticipated movie – which features both past and present Spider-Man actors Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire – including their Big Bad from each film – raked in a whopping $US253 ($AU355) million over the first weekend in cinemas.

This places it as the third biggest domestic opening ever.

To put this into the franchise perspectives, the only two films to beat it were Avengers: Endgame, which raked in $US357 ($AU501) million and Avengers: Infinity War’s $US257 ($AU361) million take.

In a statement about the film’s success, Tom Rothman, chairman and ceo of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group has said “This weekend’s historic Spider-Man: No Way Home results, from all over the world and in the face of many challenges, reaffirm the unmatched cultural impact that exclusive theatrical films can have when they are made and marketed with vision and resolve.

“All of us at Sony Pictures, are deeply grateful to the fabulous talent, both in front of and behind the camera, that produced such a landmark film. “

They could have stopped COVID. Image: Sony.

Main attractions Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon have been a huge part of the films’ success – bringing much-needed diversity and genuine scene chemistry to the storylines.

History has repeated itself in some instances. Much like Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst who portrayed Peter Parker and MJ in the first Sam Raimi trilogy, then Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in two, Holland and Zendaya have gone public with their own personal relationship – against all advice it seems.

Honestly, what is it about that costume that women find irresistible?