Spider-Man is once again the friendly neighborhood hero of the box office. Perhaps never before has there been a year like this one, when all the leading superhero movies - "Wonder Woman", "Logan", "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and this weekend's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" - have been critical favorites.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming has leaped out of the gate with an impressive $50.5 million opening on Friday, including $15.4 million from Thursday Previews. The studio, which had sole responsibility in guiding the first five films, brought on Disney's Marvel Studios as producing partner this time with ambitions of making a new series of movies that are members of the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, if we go by past records and considering only the Friday figures, the new Spider-Man movie has not been able to beat the opening day figures of Spider-Man 3.
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.
"Despicable Me 3", last weekend's victor, was #2 at this Friday's box office. The tally more than quadruples that of the day's #2 film. The film won't open until later this month in France, Germany, and Spain, with Japan's debut months away and China's unknown.