As of earlier today, Spider-Man: Homecoming has topped the weekend box office charts, raking in well over $250 million worldwide.
The newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which debuted on July 7, raked in $117 million domestically, with screenings taking place at 4,348 different locations across the United States and Canada. As reported by Variety, industry estimates pegged the opening weekend at somewhere between $90 and $110 million, while Sony Pictures had a more cautious outlook, estimating a weekend box office gross of $80 million.
Not adjusting for inflation, Homecoming marks the second-biggest debut for Sony to date, sandwiched in between Spider-Man, which grossed $114 million on its opening weekend back in 2002, and Spider-Man 3, which took in $151 million in 2007. When combined with ticket sales across the globe, Homecoming has now grossed just north of $257 million, a figure which should continue to increase as tickets continue to sell throughout the day.
While Spidey’s newest outing may not have bested the opening weekend numbers of films such as Iron Man 3 or Avengers: Age of Ultron,Spider-Man: Homecoming has done quite well compared to other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), outperforming films such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the first two Iron Man films, and even DC’s Wonder Woman.
While Tom Holland appeared as Spider-Man in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War,Homecoming marks the first lead role for the young actor, as well as the first “proper” film for the web-slinger himself (within the MCU). The film also marks the first blockbuster film for director Jon Watts, who had previously helmed two lower-budget features; 2014’s horror flick Clown, and 2015’s Cop Car, a road thriller starring Kevin Bacon.
Aside from Holland, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars a handful of younger, fresh-faced actors, including Zendaya as Peter Parker’s classmate, Michelle “MJ” Jones, and Jacob Batalon as Parker’s best friend, Ned. A few veteran actors also make an appearance. Batman actor Michael Keaton has taken on the role of a villain this time around, playing Adrian Toomes, a salvager who takes on the mantle of Vulture. Marvel veteran Robert Downey Jr. returns once again as Tony Stark/Iron Man, with actor/director Jon Favreau playing the role of Harold “Happy” Logan.
With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, as well as an audience rating of A from CinemaScore, we have no doubt that Spider-Man: Homecoming will continue to enamor audiences over the next few weeks.
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