“Spider-Man: Homecoming” opened this weekend to a jaw-dropping $117 million at home and another $140 million in the rest of the world. That haul was not so surprising after it got some of the best reviews ever for for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film, which played on 4,348 screens in the US and Canada crushed the competition on the domestic front, “Despicable Me 3” earned $37 million in its second weekend while “Baby Driver” rode off with $13 million in its sophomore frame.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” also debuted on 23,400 screens in 56 other countries, and was tops in all but six. In the weeks ahead, it will open in the major Asian markets of China and Japan as well as three of the biggest European players, Germany, France and Spain.
We first saw Tom Holland as the webbed crusader Peter Parker in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). Back then, Tony Stark (a.k.a Iron Man) recruited him to fight alongside him during a battle among the Avengers. This new outing, which is the 16th film in the MCU franchise, marks the comic book character’s first stand-alone film.
It was produced by Marvel Studios which reached a deal with Sony to share the rights to Spider-Man. Sony had previously produced three “Spider-Man” films starring Tobey Maguire (2002-2007) and two with Andrew Garfield (2012-2014) that weren’t connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.