“Spider-Man: Homecoming” opened this weekend to a jaw-dropping $117 million. That haul was not so surprising after it got some of the best reviews ever for for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 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.
The final film for Maguire, “Spider-Man 3,” holds the box office record among those five as its first weekend takings topped $150 million domestically. It went on to gross $335 million at home and a further $555 million abroad for a total haul of $890 million.
Among other films in wide release this weekend, “Despicable Me 3” earned $37 million in its second weekend while “Baby Driver” rode off with $13 million in its sophomore frame. “Wonder Woman” continued to impress with an additional $10 million in its sixth weekend, which brings its domestic receipts to a staggering $370 million and counting.