Deadline reports Spider-Man: Homecoming managed to take $15.4 million in Thursday night previews at the domestic box office. The film is on track for an opening weekend of up to $120 million-plus in the US.
The film which draws inspiration from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man run and teen comedy’s of the past as it follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balancing his dual identity of a budding superhero while navigating the everyday life of a teenager in high school.
Starting Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST, Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted on 3,450 screens across the nation and will expand to 4,348 on Friday. Homecoming has already outpaced many other superhero films for Thursday night previews including Deadpool at $12.7 million, Guardians of the Galaxy at $11.2 million, Wonder Woman $11 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier $10.2 million, Spider-Man 3 $10 million, Doctor Strange at $9.4 million, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at $8.7 million.
Although Homecoming was $1.6 million short of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s $17 million Thursday night take, the film has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from both critics and fans alike. Critics have praised the film as a heartwarming adventure and a fresh take on the web-crawler as well as Holland for his performance as the web-slinger, Michael Keaton for his terrifying portrayal of The Vulture, and the diverse cast who made the most out of their small roles.
Fandango revealed yesterday that the new Marvel flick is already ahead of DC’s Wonder Woman in ticket sales for this weekend. Wonder Woman earned a total of $103.2 million in its opening weekend.
Should Homecoming perform to the highest of expectations, the film could rank as the fifth-biggest opening for a July movie falling short of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest at $135.6 million, The Dark Knight at $158.4 million, The Dark Knight Rises at $160.9 million, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at 169.2 million. Compared to other Spider-Man films, Homecoming‘s opening weekend is set to crush The Amazing Spider-Man‘s debut of $62 million in its opening weekend, as well as the opening’s for Spider-Man 2 ($88.2M), and The Amazing and Spider-Man 2 ($91.6M). While it most likely won’t be topping the opening weekend of Spider-Man 3 ($151.1M), the movie has a shot of outpacing the opening weekend of the first ever Spider-Man film ($114.8M).
The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly and Bokeem Woodbine, as well as Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice and Abraham Attah. Here’s the official synopsis:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is now playing. You can check out our review for the film here.