Spider-Man: Homecoming has beaten out all competition for the No. 1 spot this box office weekend — all in a weekend’s work for a family friendly neighborhood Spider-Man movie.
The latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe earns an estimated $117 million this weekend, making it the biggest opening for a new actor taking on the role — 2002’s Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire as the titular hero earned $114.8 million, while Andrew Garfield’s debut in the red-and-blue suit ten years later in The Amazing Spider-Man earned $62 million. However, Homecoming still trails behind 2007’s Spider-Man 3 ($151 million) when it comes to the biggest opening box office for a Spider-Man movie, despite having opened to better reviews from fans and critics (a rare A on Cinemascore compared to Spider-Man 3‘s B+).
Nonetheless, Homecoming has one of the stronger opening weekends compared to the rest of the Spider-Man films, including the well-received Spider-Man 2 (A- on Cinemascore) which earned $88 million its first week out, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million). In fact, it’s even performed well compared to box office premieres for recent superhero fare like Wonder Woman ($103 million), Logan ($88 million), and Doctor Strange ($85 million), coming second only to May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 ($146 million).
Internationally, Homecoming had a strong opening, with a foreign haul of $140 million from 60 percent of its overseas market. This brings the latest Spider-Man release to worldwide earnings of $257 million.
The movie sees actor Tom Holland once again step into the role of Peter Parker in this post-Captain America: Civil War film, which sees the young web-slinging hero attempt to serve as a hero and earn his way into the Avengers by proving himself to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), while also balancing schoolwork and friendships. Peter go after the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton), and stars Zendaya as Michelle, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan (Peter’s crush), Tony Revolori as Flash, and Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend, Ned. Also featured in the movie are Donald Glover, Martin Starr, and Hannibal Burress.
In second place this week is Illumination and Universal’s Despicable Me 3, which sees an estimated 53.1 percent drop for a box office haul of $34 million. This is less than both 2015’s Minions and 2013’s Despicable Me 2, which saw drops of 57.4 and 47.4 percent, and earnings of $49.2 million and $43.9 million, respectively. DM3 is also the only film in the franchise to not earn an A on Cinemascore, instead, receiving an A- from audiences. In the latest franchise entry, Gru and the crew reunite with his long-lost twin brother Dru (also voiced by Steve Carell) as they team up and take on Balthazar Bratt, a former ’80s star who is looking to get revenge against the world.
In third is Edgar Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver, which sees only a 38 percent drop for estimated earning of $12.7 million. This brings the film’s total domestic earnings to $56.9 million, making the music-driven heist movie Wright’s highest earning film yet. The movie also fared well internationally, earning $14 million from a few big markets, bringing the worldwide box office total to $70.9 million in only its second week in theaters. By comparison, Wrights’ previous movies Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead earned, respectively, $47.7 million, $46.1 million, $80.6 million, and $30 million at the end of their entire runs.
In its sixth week in theaters, Wonder Woman still finds herself in the top 5, landing at No. 4. The DC Extended Universe movie continues its streak with another gentle 35.5 percent drop as it brings in an estimated $10.1 million, for a total domestic haul of $368.8 million (cementing its position as, domestically, the highest grossing DCEU movie) and a worldwide total of $745.8 million. Internationally, WW has surpassed Suicide Squad‘s $745.6 million international haul, making Batman v Superman, with its $873.3 million total, the only other DCEU movie ahead of it.
At No. 5 this week is Transformers: The Last Knight with an estimated $6.3 million. This marks another 62 percent drop in the three weeks since the movie’s been in theaters, and the lowest third week earning in the Transformers franchise to date, a continuing trend in the domestic box office compared to previous sequels with 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen ($24.2 million), 2011’s Dark of the Moon ($21.3 million), and 2014’s Age of Extinction ($16.3) all steadily earning less by their third weeks. However, The Last Knight has performed well internationally where it’s banked $375.7 million so far. Added to the total domestic haul of $118.9 million, the latest Transformers film has earned an estimated worldwide total of $494.6 million.
Meanwhile, The Big Sick capitalizes on its limited release success and highly positive word of mouth buzz to earn an estimated $3.7 million and crack the domestic top 10 after adding 255 locations for 326 in total. Landing at No. 8, the movie stars Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) as a couple who fall and love and break up when he can’t tell his conservative Muslim parents that he doesn’t want an arranged marriage. However, when Kazan’s American grad student Emily falls into a coma, Nanjiani’s Pakistani stand-up comedian begins to bond with her parents Terry and Beth (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter).
Rounding out the top 10 is Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, which brings in an estimated $2.1 million after expanding to a wider release with 267 more locations. This brings the Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell-starrer’s total domestic earnings to $7.4 million. The movie also stars Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
In terms of limited release fare, A Ghost Story earns an estimated $108,067 from four locations for a strong per theater average of $27,017. The movie, which generated a lot of buzz at Sundance, stars Casey Affleck as the husband of Rooney Mara’s character. After he dies and returns as a white-sheeted ghost, he’s unstuck from time and unable to offer his still-living spouse any comfort, now watching as she slowly begins to move on from him, prompting him to go on a journey exploring (and intertwining) memory and history and the ways they can impact us.
Per ComScore, overall box office is down 0.1 percent with the same frame from last year. Check out the July 7-9 box office figures below.
1 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – $117 million
2 – Despicable Me 3 – $34 million
3 – Baby Driver – $12.7 million
4 – Wonder Woman – $10.1 million
5 – Transformers: The Last Knight – $6.3 million
6 – Cars 3 – $5.6 million
7 – The House – $4.8 million
8 – The Big Sick – $3.7 million
9 – 47 Meters Down – $2.8 million
10 – The Beguiled – $2.1 million