Spider-Man does whatever a spider can – including taking control of the UK box office. The wall-crawler's latest movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, has cast a lucrative web and secured itself to the number one spot with weekend takings of £8.3 million. Added to this are preview takings of £5.8m (the movie opened on Tuesday 2nd July), meaning its total tally to date is £14.1m.
Tom Holland's latest Spidey adventure has already defeated its 2017 predecessor in this regard – Spider-Man: Homecoming opened in the UK to £9.6m (figures courtesy of Box Office Mojo), going on to gross £30.4m by the end of its box office run. Given Far From Home's opening figures, expect it to far surpass those of Homecoming.
The movie sends Peter Parker off to Europe on a school vacation where he is intercepted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). At Fury's behest, Peter pairs with Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to take down destructive beings known as the Elementals, all the while grappling with his feelings for MJ (Zendaya).
Far From Home comes freighted with expectation: not only is it a test of Tom Holland's star power in the role, it also concludes phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Audiences were clearly hungry to see the post-Avengers: Endgame world on the big screen (the phrase 'blip' being used to describe those snapped back into existence), and there's also a desire to see how the movie lays the groundwork for phase four.
Screen Daily reports: "The film marks Sony’s fourth-highest opening of all time in the UK, with the three better-performing releases all coming from the James Bond franchise. In comparison with other entries in the Spider-Man franchise, Far From Home’s opening, including previews, is the best of the series.
"It has posted the biggest three-day opening weekend of the series aside from Spider-Man 3, starring Tobey Maguire, which took a hefty £11.8m from Friday to Sunday in May 2007. While distributors typically use previews to bump up opening grosses, the fact Spider-Man 3 had no screenings before its opening Friday means those takings were more condensed across the three days."
Far From Home's UK takings are part of a wider success story that has already seen the movie nab $603m worldwide. Empire reports the movie opened over the US Independence Day weekend to grosses of $185m, the second-highest ever behind 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In doing so, it's also beaten the opening weekend of the Sam Raimi-directed (and non-MCU affiliated) Spider-Man 2 from 2004. (On that note, Spider-Man 2 ended its UK run with total grosses of £33.6m and Spider-Man 3, released in 2007, concluded with £30.7m.)
In terms of the wider MCU success stories, this year's Avengers: Endgame lags just behind reigning champ Avatar with total grosses of $2.77 billion (this includes takings from a recent re-release). This is followed by 2018's Avengers: Infinity War ($2.04bn), Avengers Assemble ($1.5bn), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4bn), Black Panther ($1.3bn), Iron Man 3 ($1.2bn) and Captain America: Civil War ($1.1bn).
Spider-Man: Homecoming went on to gross $880m worldwide, so we'll see how well Far From Home stacks up. In the meantime, if you can't wait to see it again, click here to book your tickets for Spider-Man: Far From Home.