Spider Man: Homecoming just showed why Sony didn’t make a bad decision sharing the spoils with Marvel, after the third reboot saw the web-slinger climb to number one on the box office with $117 million in it’s opening weekend.
The numbers makes Spiderman: Homecoming the second largest domestic opening for a Sony movie, with the first being Spiderman 3 earning $151 million in 2007.
The latest installation also saw the movie shatter the estimated opening weekend gross of $80-90 million, and is well on it’s way to successfully making it’s $175 million production budget.
Spider-Man: Homecoming earned $15.4 million from early screenings on Thursday night, which is the third-highest Thursday night preview gross of 2017 behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). The film is estimated to have earned $51.5 million by the end of Friday.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming being the only major debut this weekend, last week’s chart-topper Despicable Me 3 holds onto the number two spot.
Despicable Me 3 earned about $11.4 million on Friday and is set to earn $37.3 million in its second weekend, propelling its box office total to $152.4 million.
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver continues to perform well. The film slides from number two to number three this week, earning $3.9 million on Friday and an estimated $13 million over the weekend for a box office total of $57.1 million.
DC Film, Wonder Woman, maintains its place in the top five. Wonder Woman is holding on to the fourth place with $2.9 million on Friday and an estimated $9.9 million for the weekend, bringing the DCEU’s highest domestic grossing film to $368.6 million in total.
Transformers: The Last Knight managed to keep within the top five, dropping from third place to fifth with a $1.8 million Friday total and $6 million for the weekend.
Cars 3 slips into the sixth place spot. Pixar’s latest earned $1.7 million on Friday and is set for $5.6 million over the weekend.