Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Far From Home” swung into theaters this week, and the movie is expected to gross over $120M in its first week. Spider-Man’s $39.25M opening night is now the largest Tuesday debut on record, and Spidey has a chance to take the box office crown for the holiday weekend.
While franchises typically dominate the top five list over the Independence Day weekend, you can argue that Will Smith is still the king of the July 4th holiday. Over the years, Smith starred in “Hancock,” “Men In Black, “Men in Black II,” “Independence Day,” and “Wild Wild West,” all of which debuted in theaters over the holiday weekend. Smith’s “Aladdin” hit theaters a little early this year, and during his absence from summer blockbusters, franchises like “Spider-Man,” “Transformers,” and “Despicable Me” have taken his top spots on the charts.
The highest-grossing film over the July 4th weekend is the 2011 movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which made $97.8M across 4,088 locations. “Spider-Man 2” holds second-place on the chart with $88.1M, and “Despicable Me 2” and “Despicable Me 3” sit in spots three and four respectively with $83.5M and $72.4M openings. The original 2007 reboot of “Transformers” still holds fifth-place overall with a $70.5M gross from 3,908 locations.
“Spider-Man 3” had the highest opening in the franchise, bringing in $151M in 2007. Tom Holland’s 2017 hit, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” had the second-highest opening with $117M, and Tobey Maguire’s original 2002 movie “Spider-Man” had a $114M debut.
Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sits in fourth-place within the franchise with a $91M opening, followed by Maguire’s “Spider-Man 2” with $88.1M. Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot had the lowest opening on record for the live-action series, bringing in $62M during its 2012 opening weekend.
The animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” had a $35.3M opening in 2018, and while many critics consider the movie one of the best in the Spidey franchise, the movie had the lowest opening.
For “Spider-Man: Far From Home” to take the top spot in the franchise, the movie has to beat Spider-Man 3’s $151M opening. That significantly more than Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s $97M total to win the record for highest Independence Day Weekend. Sony Pictures is on track to beat the Independence Day Weekend record, but with Spider-Man, you never know how high the superhero will swing at the box office, but we will see where he lands this Sunday.
Jon Watts directed “Spider-Man: Far From Home” for Sony Pictures. The new installment features Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, and is expected to launch in over 4,600 locations over the holiday weekend.
You can also see the July Openings that Spidey has to beat to break the record for the month.
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