Spider-Man: Far From Home is projected to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film ever. Swinging past Skyfall to earn that title, the second entry in the franchise starring Tom Holland has performed well above expectations.
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming follows Peter Parker as he attempts to balance the responsibilities of being a superhero with the desire to enjoy a simple summer vacation in Europe with his classmates. Greeted positively by audiences and critics alike, the story was another example of director Jon Watts’ ability to tell a high school comedy within the confines of a comic book adaptation. Tom Holland was also praised for his portrayal of Peter’s vulnerability and uncertainty in the wake of Tony Stark’s death. Bolstered by the fact that it was released just two months after the seismic events of Avengers: Endgame, and the fact that there have been a number of blockbusters which didn’t perform as expected, Far From Home has already crossed a number of milestones. It’s already made a $1 billion and is the only Spider-Man adaptation to earn that distinction. It’s also the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie of all time at the worldwide box office.
And now, according to Deadline, Far From Home will enter the record books as Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing title of all time. The film has earned $376 million domestically, with another $733 million worldwide. That adds up to a projected total of $1.109 billion dollars globally, putting it just slightly ahead of Skyfall. These numbers were undoubtedly helped by a robust opening weekend as the sequel nabbed $185 million in the first days of its theatrical release.
More than its financial success, or even its support among audiences, Far From Home showed that the franchise has a strong creative future. The split venture between Sony and Marvel introduced a captivating villain in Mysterio played by a capable Jake Gyllenhaal. It deepened the character of MJ, giving Zendaya more to do, and in one of its most pivotal scenes, it seemed to position Peter Parker as Tony Stark’s natural successor going forward. There were also a couple of post-credit stingers that along with Far From Home's ending pose some big questions about the franchise's future.
Beyond the victory for those involved with the Homecoming sequel though, it’s further evidence of Disney’s dominance among moviegoers. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the only non-Disney title to earn $1 billion this year. With hits like Toy Story 4 and an upcoming slate of new heroes coming to the big screen, not to mention the live action remakes that always perform regardless of reviews, the House of Mouse isn’t likely to lose its perch at the top anytime soon.