Being that Spider-Man: Homecoming is now the third iteration of the web-slinging hero, it was hard to say if the film would still appeal to audiences. But those worries were quickly dashed after Homecoming‘s impressive turn at the box office last night. According to THR, the film swung to an impressive $15.4 million in Thursday preview showings.
The streak of successes for Marvel only seems to get better as the years go by – seeing that last year the studio saw Captain America: Civil War fly over $1.1 billion worldwide, followed by Doctor Strange with $677. And 2017 hasn’t been any different, with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 back in May bringing in $855 million, and now Homecoming is on-track to earn over $100 million this weekend.
THR reports that Homecoming opened in 3,450 theaters Thursday evening, and will reach a total of 4,341 on Friday. The film’s strong opening also makes it the third-biggest opener of the year so far, putting it right behind Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). Check out below how Marvel has faired with Thursday night openings since 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $17 Million.
Doctor Strange – $9.4 Million
Captain America: Civil War – $25 Million
Ant-Man – $6.4 Million
Avengers: Age of Ultron– $27.6 Million
Guardians of the Galaxy – $11.2 Million
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $10.2 Million
Besides the ever-growing popularity of many Marvel characters, the studio’s string of films that are both financial and critical successes is just as impressive. Homecoming is currently sitting pretty with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s clear almost everyone is eating this one up.
Homecoming‘s version of the web-slinger – played by Tom Holland (The Lost City of Z) – first appeared in an extended-cameo during Civil War, and was met with high acclaim. This iteration of the character moves away from Toby Maguire’s college-age version from Sam Raimi’s renowned trilogy, and also Andrew Garfield’s depiction of the character in the two ill-received Amazing Spider-Man films. So – for better or worse – Peter Parker and Spider-Man are back in high school.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently playing in theaters.