Imax ended the year on a high note while the larger theatrical industry struggles to recover amid the pandemic.
Nearly all of the most pirated movies of last year were available online, either on streaming services of PVOD platforms.
China has the world's biggest movie box office, and its government intends to keep the top spot with a five-year film plan.
The Warner Bros. films that earned the most at the box office, like "Dune" and "Godzilla vs. Kong," also performed well on HBO Max.
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" became the first movie of the pandemic to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
It's the first time a film reached the milestone since 2019. The last movie to reach the mark was "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in December 2019.
One of the biggest threats facing the movie business is a smaller supply of theatrical releases, one executive said.
Adult dramas like "West Side Story" and "The Last Duel" struggled this year as superhero movies dominated the box office.
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" earned $253 million domestically over the weekend, the third biggest opening of all time.
Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi gave his take on the future of the theatrical industry, shorter windows, and which movie will bring older moviegoers back.
The list is composed of big-budget franchise tentpoles, which have also driven the box office this year.
"West Side Story," which cost $100 million to make, made just $10.5 million at the US box office over the weekend.
Disney's "Encanto" is the year's biggest animated movie in the US, but it has still underwhelmed at the box office.
"House of Gucci" and "Encanto" disappointed in bringing out older adults and families to movie theaters.
"Avatar" became the biggest movie in the world again this year with a re-release in China, topping "Avengers: Endgame."
The James Bond movie "No Time to "Die" recently surpassed "Fast and Furious 9" at the worldwide box office.
The Chinese government laid out its five-year plan for its film industry this week as it seeks to cement itself as a cultural power.