Spider-Man snares No. 1 spot
LOS ANGELES — Audiences found themselves caught in Spidey’s web at lastweekend’s box office.
Columbia’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the sixth movie with the radioactive arachnid-bitten hero in 15 years, landed in first place in its debut week. Pulling in about $117 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, it surpassed the studio’s conservative projections.
“Spider-Man is back and he’s showing once again that he’s the world’s bestloved superhero,” said Adrian Smith, the studio’s distribution chief. “It’s a big win for Sony [Columbia] in our second-highest opening of all time.”
Starring Tom Holland — the third actor to play the lead character — and directed by Jon Watts, the $175 million picture is the result of an unusual collaboration between Sony/Columbia and Disney-owned Marvel Studios. SpiderMan is Columbia’s most valuable franchise, totaling $4 billion in global boxoffice receipts since the series started in 2002 with Tobey Maguire. But after 2014’s underwhelming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Columbia agreed to let Marvel produce the next film.
“The deal appears to have paid off with a film that celebrates what makes Spider-Man unique and relatable and still retains that Marvel signature,” Smith said.
Landing in second place was Universal’s Despicable Me 3 with about $34 million in its second week. The animated flick has grossed about $149 million domestically to date. The film’s international total to date is $298.4 million for a worldwide gross of $447.6 million.
Columbia’s Baby Driver took third place in its second week with $13 million. It has pulled in about $57 million domestically to date.
Powerhouse superhero Wonder Woman, from Warner Bros., is still holding strong in fourth place, six weeks after its record-breaking debut, with $9.8 million. Globally, the film has about a $768 million tally.
Rounding out the top five was Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight with about $6.4 million in its third week.
In limited release, A Ghost Story from A24 — the studio that brought us the Oscar-winning Moonlight — started with $108,067 from four screens last weekend. That’s a per-theater average of $27,012. From director David Lowery, the film co-stars Oscar-winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
This weekend, debuting will be Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes and the Broad Green Pictures’ horror flick Wish Upon.
Tom Holland has the title role in Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. It came in first at last weekend’s box office and made about $117 million.