“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is off to a heroic start, generating $39.2 million from 4,634 North American locations on opening day. That haul sets a new benchmark for Tuesday ticket sales, surpassing the record previously held by another web-slinger, 2012’s Andrew Garfield-led “The Amazing Spider-Man,” with $35 million.
The latest superhero adventure, from Sony’s Marvel Universe, is expected to earn $125 million during its first six days in theaters, though some estimates show that number could reach $150 million with solid word of mouth. Even the lower portion of that range would be a jump on Tom Holland’s first standalone, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which debuted with $117 million over the three-day frame.
Jon Watts directed “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which cost $160 million to produce. The 23rd Marvel movie picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” and follows Peter Parker (Holland), who gets recruited to save the world from otherworldly threats while on a class trip to Europe. Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Mysterio, while Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei all returned for the sequel. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers co-wrote the script.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” began its international rollout last weekend, launching in China, Japan and Hong Kong, where it’s collected $150 million to date. The first Holland-led Spidey standalone became a huge box office hit, grossing $880 million worldwide.
Also opening this weekend is A24’s “Midsommar,” the sophomore feature film from director Ari Aster. The folk horror film collected $1.1 million from 1,951 screens on Tuesday. “Midsommar” should make $8 million to $10 million over the weekend when it opens in 2,707 venues. It stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and William Jackson Harper and captures a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a festival that occurs once every 90 years.