Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s opening weekend could be a doozy. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Spider-Man film is tracking for a opening box office in the $100 million range. According to Variety, the film is expected to gross between $80 and $110 million when it lands in theaters this weekend.
While Sony’s expectations hew closer to the $80 million figure, it would nonetheless be an impressive debut considering this will mark the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise in the last five years. However, after a well-received debut in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, anticipation is running high for Spidey’s feature-length bow in the MCU.
Bringing Spider-Man into the MCU will likely be key to avoiding the potential character fatigue that could otherwise plague a character in his third onscreen iteration in 15 years. Fans have been clamoring for Spider-Man to make the jump to MCU continuity for some time, and a groundbreaking deal between Sony — who owns the film rights to Spider-Man and a number of related characters — and Disney made that a reality. The high box estimates for Spider-Man: Homecoming are an indication of not only the overall box office draw of the MCU, but also the mounting anticipation for the Spider-Man’s first official solo outing following his Civil War debut. Those opening box office estimates should be music to Sony’s ears, given that it was recently disclosed that the studio will take home all of the box office revenue generated by Homecoming. Disney, on the other hand, will receive revenue from the toys and merchandising tied to the film.
Swinging into theaters on July 7th, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
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