"Spider-Man" Saves Sony with $120 Million Weekend-Bigger than James Bond!


The new Spider-Man movie has topped expectations at the U.S. box office, opening with an estimated $117 million (£90.7 million).

The Philippine entourage was able to meet Spider-Man cast members Laura Harrier who plays Spider-Man's love interest Liz, as well as Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon in a breakthrough role as Spider-Man's best friend Ned. The movie started its worldwide rollout on Wednesday, so that puts the five-day global total for Spider-Man: Homecoming at $257 million. That makes "Homecoming" also the second-highest opening for a "Spider-Man" movie, falling just short of "Spider-Man 3's" then-record breaking $151.1 million debut back in 2007.

In Holland's case, he's bigger than James Bond and nearly all other Spider-men except Tobey Maguire's original film. The worldwide markets were led by South Korea ($25.8 million), Mexico ($12 million), the United Kingdom (11.8 million), and Brazil ($9.1 million).

Despite "Spider-Man's" monopoly on the superhero genre this weekend, "Wonder Woman" still managed to add another $3 million to its domestic cume on Friday. The markets still to come include France, Germany, Spain, Japan, and China.

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Tom Holland aka Peter Parker and Ansel Elgort aka Baby- stars respectively of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Baby Driver"- have saved the studio.

The film, which had a budget of $175 million, also earned rave reviews. Wonder Woman is still in the top five, dropping at number four, but holding steady with an additional $9.9 million over the weekend. Worldwide, The Last Knight has earned $494.6 million globally.

In past years, superhero films brought in hundreds of millions at the box office, but did so while often being panned by critics.