Spi­der-Man snares No. 1 spot

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - TRE’VELL AN­DER­SON

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.

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