Good news for fans of Spider-Man: Homecoming: the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the first solo Spider-Man film overseen by Marvel Studios) has now surpassed the domestic totals of each of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man films.
When Homecoming opened earlier this month, it grossed a massive $117 million domestically, which made it the biggest opening weekend for a Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 way back in 2007 (that film opened to $151 million when not accounting for inflation). While this was certainly good news for both Sony and Marvel Studios, Homecoming dipped 61 percent in its second weekend, grossing a modest $45 million and becoming the biggest weekend-to-weekend drop for an MCU film so far.
There are many theories as to why Homecoming dropped so much in its second weekend – ranging from competition with War of the Planet of the Apes to simple Spider-Man fatigue after the tepid reception to the Amazing films – and what it means for the future of the Spider-Man franchise. Regardless, Homecoming has been a resounding success for the MCU, scoring high critical and fan praise for star Tom Holland’s portrayal of the title character and the film’s overall light tone. Now, with the film passing both of Sony’s previous non-MCU efforts, Marvel Studios can add another mark to their list of ever-growing achievements.
According to Box Office Mojo, Homecoming has now passed both Amazing films at the domestic box office (when not adjusting for inflation) with a total gross of around $262.1 million. For comparison, The Amazing Spider-Man made an even $262 million during its entire run while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made a mere $202 million. Homecoming has not yet passed either film’s worldwide totals, but with an opening in China still to come, it’s entirely possible that it could still happen.
Obviously, Homecoming passing the Amazing films is not all that surprising, given that the film has the best reviews since Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (Homecoming currently sits at a stellar 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and the fact that Homecoming abandoned the overly serious tone of the Amazing movies in favor of something lighter and more comedic. Still, it’s easy to imagine that Marvel Studios was secretly hoping to make the biggest Spider-Man film ever with Homecoming, cementing the partnership between Sony and Marvel Studios as the best decision the former company has ever made with the property.
Either way, with Sony reportedly pocketing all of the profits from Homecoming’s box office run, the company is probably more than happy with the arrangement.
Source: Box Office Mojo