After making people love the fun, younger take on the character in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man is back in full force in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Web Head has been enjoying some nice publicity these past few weeks, earning rave reviews from critics while dominating the conversation on social media. Despite being the third film iteration of the character, it looks like not too many people are tired of watching Spider-Man onscreen. The superhero blockbuster debuted Thursday night to $15 million, and looks to be on the verge of having a very nice weekend.
Thanks to Thursday night previews, Spider-Man: Homecoming was able to take in $15.4 million at the box office. This makes the superhero movie the third highest preview night debut of 2017, right behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and The Beast ($16.3 million) -- all Disney movies, might I add. The movie is currently projected to make $85 million to $110 million for the weekend, though the studio is tracking lower at $80 million. All in all, it's a good looking weekend for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will surely take the No. 1 spot for the week.
Compared to other MCU openings, Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the higher solo debuts. If we ignore the bigger team-up movies, then Spider-Man: Homecoming is only behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Iron Man 3 ($15.6 million). More recent solo debuts like Doctor Strange and Ant-Man -- which admittedly either had the benefit of being introduced in a big movie like Civil War -- opened to $9.4 million and $6.4 million respectively.
This is now our sixth Spider-Man film, but comparing box office scores to previous reboots, people are really liking this take on the charater. The previous reboot, the Amazing Spider-Man series starring Andrew Garfield, drew in fewer dollars on their respective preview nights than Homecoming. According to Box Office Mojo, Amazing Spider-Man debuted $7.5 million, while Amazing Spider-Man 2 only say a slight increase with $8.7 million. Homecoming beats that score by a fairly good margin, so Sony must be pretty happy with itself for finally giving up and working with Marvel.
The weekend total for Homecoming is likely to climb higher. The film still has to open in some foreign markets, which will help drive up its global total. It is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (94% at the time of writing), with reviews that have praised the movie for embracing the fun of the character, and just being a great ride in general.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is extremely fun and can be seen in theaters right now. For more updates on the movie, make sure check back in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it's available.