Weekend Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Scales $117M in Heroic US Bow
Jul 10, 2017, 00:35
It was produced by Marvel Studios which reached a deal with Sony to share the rights to Spider-Man.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming deals with the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who returns home to live with his Aunt May following his thrilling experience with the Avengers.
In Holland's case, he's bigger than James Bond and nearly all other Spider-men except Tobey Maguire's original film.
Domestically, Homecoming has grossed $117 million across the Friday to Sunday period, giving Sony its second best ever debut behind Spider-Man 3's $151.1 million back in 2007. That included an official four-day weekend of $115.8 million, or $165 million when adjusted.
After two tries with Andrew Garfield as Spidey in 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel in 2014 - both of which were financial and critical duds - the studio pressed the reset button on the franchise and enlisted the help of Marvel Studios to bring the character into its coveted universe.
The big box office numbers are a win for Sony, Marvel and Spidey himself.
It also didn't hurt that the rest of the releases this weekend weren't major, so the rest of the top earners were in their second weekends. "Baby Driver" should sit comfortable in third, as positive word of a mouth is steering to a $12.8 million second weekend, or a 38% drop.
This is yet another Marvel movie release that has managed to capture the approval of critics and audience members - something the DC Extended Universe could not claim until this summer with "Wonder Woman". The movie, boasting an early domestic total of $6.9 million, once again scored a strong per theater average, or $11,200. The Big Sick expands nationwide on July 14. This weekend it's expected to make $2.1 million from 941 locations.
Overall, the summer box office stands at about $2.3 billion, or 8% lower than previous year.
"Despite the strength of "Spider-Man: Homecoming, ' yet another "down" weekend puts us dead even with last year's box office pace as we remain down 8% for the summer", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore".
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