Look Out! Here comes the Spider-Man! Obviously what most of Hollywood thought when the release date for the webslinger’s latest film was announced. And they were probably right to take the week off as Spider-Man: Homecoming flew to the top of the charts with $117 million, the third film of the year to open north of $100 million sandwiched between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million) and Wonder Woman ($103.2 million). Even though it fell shy of the predicted $120 million opening, Spidey gave Sony the second largest opening for any Spider-Man movie, and for Marvel it’s the largest opening for a single character introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, besting Iron Man‘s $98.6 million (although how long he remains an integral part of the MCU remains to be seen). Spider-Man: Homecoming also opened in about 60% of the international markets, earning $139.5 million from 56 territories, giving the film a $256.5 million global total.
As a bit of counter-programming, A24 Films released A Ghost Story on four screens to the tune of $104,030, good for Number 26. Looking closer, however, the film’s per screen average of $26,008 was second only to Spider-Man‘s $26,915. Meanwhile, The Big Sick added 255 screens in its third week of release (to 326), earning itself a 116.5% increase and moving up from Number 12 to Number 9 with $3.5 million and the third best per screen average of the week at $10,971.
Wonder Woman held on to the Number 4 spot in its sixth week with $9.8 million, giving it a domestic total of $368.4 million. Globally the film has now earned $745.5 million. Wonder Woman is now the tenth highest grossing superhero film of all time, domestically, and is on its way to surpassing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which has dropped out of the Top Ten and currently stands at $385.5 million domestically.
Last week’s Number 1, Despicable Me 3, saw a 54% drop in its second week, slipping to Number 2 with $33.5 million. Its domestic total stands at $148.7 million with a global tally of $447.1 million. Baby Driver saw a 37% decrease in its second week, notching down to Number 3 with $13 million. The $34 million action flick has now grossed $57.1 million domestically. Transformers: The Last Knight took the biggest hit of 62% in its third week, falling to Number 5 with $6.3 million, giving it a domestic total of nearly $119 million against a $217 million budget. Luckily the film is making up for that failure in foreign markets where it has earned $375.7 million, giving it a global total of $494.6 million.
The weekend of July 14 will be one to watch to see if Spider-Man: Homecoming can defend its top spot against War for the Planet of the Apes which already has some huge advance buzz and a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score … the same as Spider-Man. And if you’re looking to get your scare on, PG-13 horror Wish Upon will be wishing to make some impact at the box office.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of July 7.
1. [N] –1– Spider-Man: Homecoming – $117,027,503 [NEW]
5.  –3– Transformers: The Last Knight – $6,376,578 [$118,993,338]
6.  –4– Cars 3 – $5,382,248 [$133,479,660]
7.  –2– The House – $4,778,272 [$18,593,950]
8.  –3– The Big Sick – $3,576,646 [$6,846,969]
9.  –4– 47 Meters Down – $2,714,172 [$38,407,820]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo