In 2002, riding on the resurgent superhero movie genre started by 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men,” Sony and Columbia Pictures released their big-screen adaptation of another Marvel character, “Spider-Man” starring Tobey Maguire. Its box office success set certain records such as being the first film to make over $100 million in one weekend alone, and was considered – at the time – to be the most successful comic book hero movie. Disney-Marvel Studios and the MCU may laugh now, but it was a big deal then. It simply became bigger when Sony and Marvel agreed to share film rights and allow Peter Parker to join the MCU. Now that decision has paid big.
Comic Book Resources tells us that the latest “Spider-Man” film, the MCU Phase 3 finale “Spider-Man: Far from Home” with Tom Holland as the web-swinging wall-crawling friendly neighborhood hero, is now the biggest-earning movie featuring the character solo. After premiering in July 2, “Far from Home” is now a guaranteed billion-dollar cinematic money-maker, with about $1.005 billion earned worldwide going into its fourth weekend. To compare, in less than a month “Far from Home” has already surpassed Maguire and director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3” from 2007, which earned $890.0 million in its entire theatrical run.
To break it down, in North America “Far from Home” already has $333 million from the box office in the bag, making it its biggest market. Of the $672 million from overseas, the lion’s share comes from China’s $204 million, running second only to the domestic take. And, as all Spider-Man solo-appearance movies are distributed by Sony, it means the second “Spider-Man” film in the MCU (barring his team-up appearances elsewhere in the franchise) has now become Sony’s all-time second highest-earning blockbuster behind only the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall.”
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is the last installment of Phase 3 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the capstone of the “Infinity Saga” myth arc that has been building up from the Phase 1 finale, the first “Avengers” movie in 2012. It deals with the next stage in life for Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) following his resurrection and the death of his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man in the events of its predecessor in the film series, “Avengers: Endgame.” The movie also stars Zendaya, Smauel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jabob Batalon, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal. “Far from Home” is still in cinemas as of this time.
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