Ways That Spider-Man: Homecoming Sets Up Future Movies

In past years, superhero films brought in hundreds of millions at the box office, but did so while often being panned by critics. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 now holds the record for the highest Thursday night gross with $17 million, followed closely by Beauty and the Beast, which earned $16.3 million from its Thursday night showings. Males made up roughly 61 percent of the audience.

Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

So, in what ways does Spider-Man: Homecoming pave the way for future MCU movies? Numbers will be released Sunday. The film won't open until later this month in France, Germany, and Spain, with Japan's debut months away and China's unknown. Among holdovers, Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 3 is tipped to gross $37 million in its sophomore outing for a domestic total north of $152 million through Sunday.

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Edgar Wright's Baby Driver - another win for Sony - Wonder Woman and Transformers: The Last Knight will round out the top five.

The Thursday night box office total, via Box Office Mojo, which will be factored into the film's Friday box office once the weekend is over, is the third-highest preview night of 2017.

  • Carlos Nash