Sony‘s partnership with Marvel Studios definitely paid off this weekend with their third try at a Spider-Man franchise. Bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe landed the enterprise’s sixth largest opening weekend out of sixteen films. Spider-Man: Homecoming landed a potent $117 million weekend, the third highest opening weekend of the year after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s $146m and Beauty and the Beast‘s $170m.
Homecoming has been riding a wave of buzz since Spider-Man’s debut in Captain America: Civil War last year, and when the fantastic reviews came rolling in, a solid ‘A’ Cinemascore from ticket buyers followed, giving Marvel their umpteenth home-run. If nothing else, Homecoming solidifies that the official Marvel branding is a powerful asset in reinvigorating a character, and the inclusion of Robert Downey Jr. in the marketing most likely added to that. The reboot also added $140m internationally for a $257m worldwide debut.
Despicable Me 3 dropped 53% to second place for a $34 million weekend and $149m total. The toon sequel opened in China this weekend to the largest opening weekend for an animated film ever in said territory. The film netted $66m there for a worldwide cumulative of $447m headed toward an eventual $800m.
Baby Driver held up very well in third place scoring $12.8 million (-38%) in its second lap for a $57m total. The action-thriller has now become director Edgar Wright’s highest grossing film ever.
Wonder Woman still continues to impress all these weeks later, even when up against the debut of a new Spider-Man. The DC titan dropped a mere 35% for a $10 million weekend.The film has now earned $368.8m domestically and will end up passing the Guardians sequel within a week or two to become the summer’s top grossing film.
Next week sees the release of War for the Planet of the Apes and the horror film Wish Upon.
Source: Box Office Mojo