The newest addition to the MCU, Spider-Man: Homecoming (read out full review), raked in more than initially anticipated before its release. Estimates were foreseeing $100 million; though a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an incredible marketing campaign propelled the film far beyond anyone imagined. The film ranks second in opening weekend gross when compared to other films with the ‘Spider-Man’ brand; Spider-Man 3 took in $151 million (but also nearly ruined a franchise) while the original Spider-Man fell $3 million short of the 2017 reboot.
War for the Planet of the Apes looks to dethrone the web-slinger next weekend, though that doesn’t mean there won’t be a battle. The newest film in the Planet of the Apes trilogy has been garnering stellar word of mouth (and even Oscar buzz), yet Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes only took in $54.8 million and $72.6 million, respectively. If that pattern continues and “War” accumulates $90 million, that means Spider-Man: Homecoming would need to drop no more than 23%, which is extremely unlikely for a film of its stature.
Wonder Woman and Baby Driver continue their unexpected success with their domestic box office gross. In the next few weeks we’ll see how well Spidey can sustain its monumental run. With a reported budget of only $175 million, it’s safe to say the Disney stock-holders are already ecstatic.
The top five domestic box office winners for July 7 – July 9 are as follows:
Spider-Man: Homecoming – $117 million ($117 million)Total
Despicable Me 3 – $33.9 million ($149 million)
Baby Driver – $12.8 million ($56.8 million)
Wonder Woman – $10.1 million ($368 million)
Transformers: The Last Knight – $6.3 million ($118 million)
Source: Box Office Mojo