In past years, superhero films brought in hundreds of millions at the box office, but did so while often being panned by critics.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming has leaped out of the gate with an impressive $50.5 million opening on Friday, including $15.4 million from Thursday Previews. That would make it the fourth film of 2017 to accomplish such a feat following "Beauty and the Beast", "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Wonder Woman".
Nabbing an A CinemaScore from audiences, the best grade of the franchise, Homecoming also boasts a 94 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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At long last, Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It also bests the opening day marks delivered by 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", as well as those of 2002's "Spider-Man" and 2004's "Spider-Man 2".
Early box office tracking suggested an opening weekend for Homecoming of more than $90 million, while more recent reports suggest the film could top $100 million in its debut weekend. Numbers will be released Sunday. Among holdovers, Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 3 is tipped to gross $37 million in its sophomore outing for a domestic total north of $152 million through Sunday.
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