Spider-Man swung into theaters this week, taking the top-spot on the domestic charts while thrilling Marvel fans across the country. At the limited box-office, the films “City of Ghosts” and “A Ghost Story” debuted on the limited-release schedule, but a trio of new films will premiere next weekend to challenge their current standings. Even Spidey will have a tough fight ahead of him next weekend if he wants to remain at number-one on the domestic-charts, that’s because FOX’s “Planet of the Apes” is set to open nationwide.
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” brought-in $117M across 4,348 locations this weekend, which was enough to take the top-spot over the weekend. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, and Donald Glover.
To give you some Spidey perspective, back in 2002 “Spider-Man” opened at number-one on the domestic box-office charts with $114M. The follow-up “Spider-Man 2” opened with $88M in 2004, and the final trilogy installment had a $151M opening weekend in 2007. In 2012, Sony’s reboot of “The Amazing Spider-Man” had a $62M opening, and that film’s sequel opened with $91.6M in 2014.
“Despicable Me 3” earned $33.9M, which was enough to stay in the top-two over the weekend. That brings the film’s two-week total to just over $149M domestically. “Despicable Me 3” was directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, the film features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Trey Parker.
The popular action-thriller “Baby Driver” grossed $12.7M over the weekend, raising the film’s two-week total to just over $56.8M. “Baby Driver” was directed by Edgar Wright, and the film stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, and Lily James.
“Wonder Woman” managed to remain in fourth-place overall on the domestic charts with a $10M weekend. The film remained in 3,091 locations this week and has grossed over $368M domestically. “Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, working from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg. The story was written by Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright.
That leaves Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” in fifth-place overall this weekend after pulling-in $6.3M. The film’s three-week total now sits at just under $119M domestically. “Transformers: The Last Knight” was directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, and Josh Duhamel.
It will be interesting to see if “War for the Planet of the Apes” or “Spider-Man: Homecoming” takes the top-spot next weekend, both films are garnering favorable reviews and are from popular franchises. Horror fans can choose to see “Wish Upon” in theaters next weekend, or if you rather go the dramatic-route, you can check your local-listings to see if “Lady Macbeth” is opening in theaters in your area. That drama was directed by William Oldroyd, and is based based on ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’. The film stars Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, and Paul Hilton.
Even if “War for the Planet of the Apes” takes down “Spider-Man: Homecoming” next weekend, the Apes won’t have an easy July. The following-week the films “Dunkirk,” “Girls Trip,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” are set to open nationwide.