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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' spins web of box office success – Los Angeles Times

Audiences found themselves caught in Spidey’s web at this weekend’s box office.

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the sixth movie with the radioactive arachnid-bitten hero in 15 years, landed in first place in its debut week. Pulling in an estimated $117 million in the U.S. and Canada, it surpassed both the studio’s conservative projections of $80 million and analysts’ $90-million to $100-million expectations.

“Spider-Man is back and he’s showing once again that he’s the world’s best-loved superhero,” said Adrian Smith, the studio’s distribution chief. “It’s a big win for Sony in our second-highest opening of all time.”

Starring Tom Holland — the third actor to play the lead character — and directed by Jon Watts, the $175-million picture is the result of an unusual collaboration between Sony and Disney-owned Marvel Studios. “Spider-Man” is Sony’s most valuable franchise, totaling $4 billion in global box office receipts since the series started in 2002 with Tobey Maguire. But after 2014’s underwhelming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Sony agreed to let Marvel produce the next film.

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