Spider-Man Comes Home to No. 1

Spider Man

Yeah, sure. Spider-Man can’t fly or turn green or bash bad guys back to the Bronze age with his gigantic hammer. But when it comes to his work at the multiplex, Spidey’s as big and bad as they come.

Spider-Man: Homecoming shot some webbing at the tippy-tip-top of the box office and swung to No. 1. It’s a pretty familiar spot for the ol’ web slinger, given that every single Spider-Man flick has debuted with a box-office victory. It earned an estimated $117 million in North America, which makes it the year’s third-biggest debut (behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Forget “your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” With an opening bow like that, he could buy the neighborhood.

(Not that he would. Aunt May would not approve of him putting on airs like that.)

Despicable Me 3, last week’s champ, hopped down to No. 2, mumbling incoherently all the way. It earned about $34 million, boosting its total domestic gross to a tidy $149.2 mil.

Meanwhile, the R-rated Baby Driver skidded into third place. What’s its number? $12.8 million or thereabouts. Forget that Simon & Garfunkel’s “Baby Driver” boasted that, “I hit the road and I’m gone:” This cinematic Baby seems determined to stick around for a while.

Speaking of movies with staying power, Wonder Woman spent its sixth week loitering in the Top 5. It finished fourth this week with another $10.1 million, boosting its overall North American gross to $368.8 million. That makes Wonder Woman the third-biggest movie of the year thus far (again behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), but it’s closing in on Guardian’s $385.5 for second place pretty quickly.

Transformers: The Last Knight closes out the Top 5 with $6.3 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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