Sony and Marvel Studios partnered on the reboot.
Summer tenptole Spider-Man: Homecoming is slinging a powerful web at the Friday box office, where it could earn $42 million for the day on its way to a resounding domestic debut of as much as $105 million.
At this pace, Homecoming has a shot of narrowly besting Wonder Woman ($103.3 million) to score the third best opening of the year in North America to date, after Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million). Sony remains more cautious, suggesting in the $90 million range, which would still be a victory for Sony and partner Marvel Studios.
Friday’s haul will include $15.4 million in previews. Homecoming opened in 3,450 theaters Thursday night before expanding into a total of 4,341 locations Friday, including 392 Imax cinemas and 601 premium large-format screens.
The web-slinging coming-of-age movie earned the third-highest Thursday preview number of the year, behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). Homecoming‘s Thursday night tally exceeded the $11 million earned by Wonder Woman in previews.
Sony’s last Spider-Man movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opened in May 2014 to $8.7 million in previews on its way to a $91.6 million domestic debut (the Andrew Garfield-starring pic eventually earned $709 million worldwide).
Tom Holland stars as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a high school student who returns from his adventures with the Avengers, and has a tough time adjusting to life back at school. Michael Keaton stars as the villain Vulture while Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. also star.
The film also is opening in many international territories, about 60 percent of the market.
July 7, 12:15 p.m. Updated with revised weekend numbers.