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Spider-Man: Homecoming enjoys huge $117 million US debut

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL’S Spider-Man: Homecoming has enjoyed a massive US opening, taking $117 million in its opening weekend.

The figures represent a major victory for Sony Pictures, which made the surprise decision to partner with Disney’s Marvel Studios in rebooting the marquee superhero franchise following the relative box office under-performance of Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The critically acclaimed reboot exceeded expectations and, in doing so, provided a much needed boost for the ailing summer box office, passing up Wonder Woman ($103.3 million) to boast the third-best US opening of the year so far behind Disney’s Beauty & The Beast ($174.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million).

What’s more, it became only the 11th superhero film to open to $100 million or more.

Homecoming also enjoyed a strong opening internationally, where it took an estimated $140 million from its first 56 markets, for a global start of $257 million.

Among its successes were in South Korea, where its $25.8 million marked the third-biggest opening of all time for a Hollywood title, followed by Mexico ($12 million) and the UK ($11.8 million) – just as impressive given the hot temperatures and further competition posed by sporting events such as Wimbledon.

Homecoming has yet to open in a number of major markets, including China, where it is also expected to do big things.

Commenting on the figures, Sony president of worldwide marketing and distribution Josh Greenstein said: “This is a great result, and a gigantic win for Sony and for Marvel. Spider-Man is one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe, and Homecoming is a fresh take.”

Starring Tom Holland, the film is being viewed as the first part in a new series of Spider-Man films and spin-offs that will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It pits Holland’s Peter Parker against Michael Keaton’s Vulture.

Elsewhere at the US box office, no other movie dared to open nationwide against Spider-Man, meaning the path was left clear for holdovers to rake in some more money.

Heading those was Despicable Me 3, which took $34 million for a 10-day US total of $149.2 million and a global tally of over $300 million. The animated event film continues to be massive overseas, where it grossed another $139 million for a foreign total of $298.4 million and $447.8 million globally.

This includes a record-breaking China debut of $66 million, the top launch of all time for an animated film in the Middle Kingdom.

Also continuing to perform well was Edgar Wright’s heist thriller Baby Driver, which followed at No. 3 in the US with $12.8 million. That takes its American figure to $56.9 million in 12 days, against a modest $34 million net budget. It is Sony’s second summer win.

DC’s Wonder Woman placed fourth in its sixth weekend with $10.1 million for a US tally of $368.8 million and $745.8 million worldwide.

And Transformers: The Last Knight rounded out the top five with $6.3 million in its third weekend for a lackluster US total of $118.9 million.

Overseas, however, The Last Knight is faring much, much better with $357.7 million to date for a worldwide haul of $494.6 million.

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