Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man reboot has swung past both of Sony’s doomed The Amazing Spider-Man movies at the domestic box office.
After 20 days of domestic release since its July 5th opening, Spider-Man: Homecoming webbed up $2.787 million on Wednesday, bringing its North American earnings to $262.131 million. Without adjusting for inflation, Homecoming has beaten the $262 million pulled in domestically by The Amazing Spider-Man in July 2012.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, creatively produced by Marvel Studios but backed and distributed by Sony Pictures, cost Sony $175 million to produce — much cheaper than the $235 million and $255 million they spent on The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, respectively. The Amazing Spider-Man, which followed five years after Sam Raimi’s critically derided Spider-Man 3, earned $757.930 million worldwide, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bringing in just $708.982 million globally, placing it below all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies.
Marc Webb’s pair of films, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, launched in 2012 with its sequel, 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the only Spider-Man movie to receive a “rotten” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Spider-Man 2 is the highest rated with 94%, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming with 92%).
The now defunct duology largely received a mixed to poor reception from fans and audiences, in part lending to Sony’s 2015 decision to team up with Marvel Studios, allowing Spider-Man to take part in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Iron Man, Captain America, and the Avengers.
Spider-Man: Homecoming reaching $292 million domestically would make it the biggest-grossing straight reboot domestically (bypassing Man of Steel’s $291 million), and surpassing The Amazing Spider-Man’s $757 million global total will make Homecoming the biggest-grossing straight reboot globally. (Spider-Man: Homecoming’s current worldwide total stands at $582.147 million.)
Spider-Man should see an even bigger box office in his next solo feature out July 2019, which will follow a team-up appearance alongside the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy in Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018, and which comes just two months after the currently untitled Avengers 4 in May 2019.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.