Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming has finally hit theaters worldwide, and it’s already proving to be quite the success story for both Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, raking in an astounding opening weekend gross that has pushed the Marvel Cinematic Universe past the $12 billion mark globally. Although Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War last year, Homecoming is the first real project between the two Hollywood studios that exercises the landmark agreement they reached two years ago to share the iconic web-slinging superhero.
The excitement surrounding Homecoming continues to endure through its opening weekend, and it seems very likely that it’ll proceed to post strong numbers in the weeks to comes. Although summer blockbusters – such as Baywatch and Alien: Covenant – have fallen by the wayside at the domestic box office, superhero movies are braving the storm. Wonder Woman is a testament to that notion, which has surpassed all expectations and is currently in second place for highest-grossing superhero origin film at the domestic box office, with $368.7 million, right behind Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movie, which sits at $403.7 million. Homecoming could very well surpass both numbers.
Aside from the obvious fact that Spider-Man now exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony has waged an impressive promotional campaign to get Spidey in front of as many faces as possible, which has translated into more box office receipts. Homecoming managed to gross an estimated $117 million domestically and $140 million internationally this weekend, thereby bringing its total opening gross to $257 million, currently on par with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which opened to $252.5 million globally. Although Homecoming still has plenty of room to grow, it has already pushed the MCU past the $12 billion mark at the worldwide box office – specifically to $12.028 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.
Thus far, a quarter of all MCU movies (four out of sixteen, including Homecoming) have broken past the billion-dollar mark – Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion), Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion), Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), and Whedon’s The Avengers ($1.518 billion) – and each of them have featured Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in some leading capacity. Since he’s also starring in Homecoming, it’s certainly possible that Spidey’s latest chapter can also cross that coveted threshold, especially considering how popular Spider-Man is among audiences worldwide. Not only has the character’s merchandise sales previously surpassed the Avengers’ but also that each previous Spidey movie has grossed more than $700 million worldwide (even The Amazing Spider-Man 2), without any connection to the MCU.
Regardless of how much Homecoming ends up pulling in, the shared universe will surely break past $13 billion later this year with Taiki Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, and there’s no telling how high the franchise will go next year when Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters. At this point, though, Spider-Man: Homecoming is looking like a hit for both Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter of which will greatly benefit from increased merchandise sales thanks to the movie.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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