The worldwide box office is slowly recovering from the pandemic; Spider-Man: No Way Home became the first movie of the pandemic to cross US$1 billion worldwide following its mid-December release. China, the world’s biggest theatrical market , has quickly rebounded and has produced two of the top three films of the year. But Marvel films like Eternals and Shang-Chi haven’t been approved for release in China, impacting their global grosses. So what were the top-grossing films of 2021? 12. Black Widow (Disney) Global box office : US$379.6 million US box office : US$183.6 million (48.4 per cent) Description : Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is reunited with her long-lost sister, played by Florence Pugh , when elements from her past come back to haunt her. The movie was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe theatrical release in two years. (Released simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ Premier Access for an additional US$30 fee for subscribers.) Meet Prateik Babbar, the Bollywood hottie leading Netflix’s Cobalt Blue 11. Dune (Warner Bros.) Global box office : US$393.6 million US box office : US$107 million (27.2 per cent) Description : Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, about a young man named Paul ( played by Timothée Chalamet ) who is caught in a war on the desert planet Arrakis between his family and another Great House. (Released simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max at no additional charge for subscribers.) 10. Eternals (Disney) Global box office : US$400.7 million US box office : US$164.5 million (41.1 per cent) Description : Marvel’s Eternals , directed by Beijing-born Chloé Zhao , introduces a race of immortal beings who come out of hiding when an ancient threat returns to Earth. 9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney) Global box office : US$432.2 million US box office : US$224.5 million (51.9 per cent) Description : Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) is ripped from his normal life when his father, the leader of the Ten Rings organisation, returns. It’s the first MCU movie to star an Asian lead and a primarily Asian cast. 8. Godzilla vs Kong (Warner Bros.) Global box office : US$467.9 million US box office : US$100.5 million (21.5 per cent) Description : The culmination of Warner Bros.’ “MonsterVerse,” Godzilla and King Kong come face to face when Kong is removed from the safety of Skull Island. (Released simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max at no additional charge for subscribers.) 10 most successful Harry Potter child stars, ranked – so who’s on top? 7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) Global box office : US$501 million US box office : US$212.5 million (42.4 per cent) Description : Tom Hardy reprises his role as Eddie Brock, who becomes the anti-hero Venom after an alien symbiote latches on to him. This sequel pits Hardy’s Venom against Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, a serial killer who comes into contact with the symbiote. 6. Detective Chinatown 3 (Wanda Pictures) Global box office : US$686.3 million China box office: US$685 million (99.8 per cent) Description : Two Chinatown detectives go to Tokyo to help solve a murder. 5. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal) Global box office : US$726.2 million Us box office : US$173 million (23.8 per cent) Description : Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) estranged brother Jakob (John Cena) comes back into his life, which leads to another globe-trotting mission for Toretto and his crew. 4. No Time to Die (MGM/Universal) Global box office : US$774 million US box office : US$160.8 million (20.8 per cent) Description: In star Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond , he’s brought out of retirement to track down a madman who has gained access to a weapon that could kill millions of people. Who is the most successful Twilight cast member of all time? 3. Hi, Mom (Tiger Pictures Entertainment) Global box office : US$822 million China box office: US$821 million (99.9 per cent) Description : After her mother dies, a woman goes back in time and meets the younger version of her mum. 2. The Battle at Lake Changjin (Bona Film Group) Global box office : US$902.5 million China box office: US$899.4 million (99.7 per cent) Description : A Chinese film about the battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, the movie quickly became the highest-grossing film in the world this year, based on only the China box office, after opening in October during China’s National Day holiday. It will soon make its way to other markets like the US, UK, Ireland, and Australia. 1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) Global box office : US$1.05 billion US box office : US$467.3 million (44.3 per cent) Description : In Sony and Marvel’s third Spider-Man entry, the superhero messes with the multiverse when he enlists Doctor Strange for help after his identity is revealed to the world. This article originally appeared on Insider . Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .