Sony Pictures is gearing up for the big release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which has the added benefit of being the first Marvel Cinematic Universe project to release in theaters after “Avengers: Endgame.” July is always a busy month at the box office, and Spider-Man has several titans to beat if he wants to break the box office records.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” currently holds the record for highest opening weekend in July. The big finale made $169M across 4,375 locations back in 2011, and the film went on to make over $1.3B for the studio. Spots two and three on the July chart go to “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Dark Knight” respectively, with each film making close to $160M on opening weekend. Spider-Man and Batman don’t often clash, and it will be interesting to see if Spidey can win a spot in the top three.
Over the last 22 films released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, seven of them topped the $160M mark on opening weekend. Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” came close, bringing in $153M on its opening debut. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” will need to make at least $159M to take the bronze medal in July.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” also released in July, and it was the first Spidey project from Sony Pictures after lending the character to Marvel for “Captain America: Civil War.” The movie released in 2017 and the Sony/Marvel project made $117M on its opening weekend. The installment currently sits in fifth-place on the July opening chart. Now that fans have gotten to know Spider-Man a little better through “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” the wall-crawler should see a substantial boost in theaters.
To break the top five openings in the MCU, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” needs to break the $191M mark, but it can break the top five openings in July by beating “Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” $117M debut. Breaking the $191M mark seems doubtful at this point, but the film has an excellent chance to exceed the $117M threshold.
Competing studios are giving “Spider-Man: Far From Home” a wide berth at the box office. Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing “Annabelle Comes Home” on June 26th, a rare Wednesday release, to give moviegoers plenty of time to see the film before Spider-Man hits theaters nationwide. Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” with Lily James and Himesh Patel is getting a limited-release the week before, and A24’s horror-thriller “Midsommar” is the only film taking on Spider-Man on release weekend.
The week following Spider-Man’s debut in theaters is a mixed bag at the box office. FOX is releasing the Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani buddy-comedy “Stuber” against Paramount Pictures’ horror-thriller “Crawl” with Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper. Running against Spider-Man during his second week in theaters is a gamble, but “Spider-Man: Homecoming” lost 62% of its gross during its second week in theaters when “War for the Planet of the Apes” opened nationwide.
With just a few weeks left before “Spider-Man: Far From Home” hits theaters, Sony Pictures is ramping up the marketing. We’ll know just how high Spider-Man swings on July 8th, and where he lands on the list.
Jon Watts directed “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and the film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie opens nationwide on July 2, 2019.
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