EXCLUSIVE: With a projected $1.109B through tomorrow, Spider-Man: Far From Home will swing past Skyfall ($1.108B) to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing global release ever. The Sony/Marvel sequel’s split is expected to hit $376M domestic and $733M at the international box office through Sunday.
The milestone comes a little over three weeks after the webslinger crossed the $1B worldwide mark, when it also became Sony’s highest grossing wholly-owned movie of all time. It is the only non-Disney title to cross $1B globally this year.
Well-reviewed, sporting an Avengers: Endgame halo and swinging in after a series of underperformers when it bowed in early July, the film continued to weave through an increasingly crowded summer. It is the No. 2 Hollywood movie of the year in China, behind only Endgame.
In North America, the launch began July 2 after Sony had strategically moved Far From Home from its original July 5 opening in order to gain some power heading into Independence Day, and rolled up a $185M six-day bow. This was a record six-day opening for Sony, the top six-day start for a Spider-Man film and the best six-day debut for the Fourth of July holiday.
In other records, the July 2 North America launch of $39.3M was the biggest Tuesday ever. The following day’s $27.5M made it the biggest Wednesday gross of all time for any MCU film. And on July 4, Spidey snagged $25.7M for the 2nd best Independence Day gross of all time, best Thursday gross for a superhero film and the best Thursday gross ever for Sony.
Far From Home is now the No. 2 Spider-Man film ever domestically, behind only 2002’s initial outing, and having topped Spider-Man 2’s $373.6M on August 15.
Internationally, FFH is the top grosser of the franchise, having gotten there on July 14. Globally, this is also the only webbed-wonder movie to cross $1B.
The offshore run started with $111M from the first three markets, including $97.7M in China, the 4th best start ever for a superhero title behind Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War and Sony’s own Venom. Overall, it snared the No. 7 best launch of all time for a studio movie in the Middle Kingdom. In Japan, the start was $9.4M for the 2nd best superhero launch in a decade, behind only Endgame. Hong Kong’s $3.7M debut was the highest-ever for a standalone superhero pic and Sony’s best of all time.
After hitting that trifecta, FFH bowed in 63 more markets, shattering Sony’s all-time opening records in 35 and with No. 1s in 63 out of 66 total including the previous weekend’s debuts. Korea’s $33.5M was the 4th biggest Hollywood opening ever. Mexico launched July 4 and gave Sony its biggest debut in the market, leading to a four-day gross of $13.4M, the No. 2 bow for a standalone superhero title.
On July 10, Italy was the final market to join the gang’s European vacation, starting at No. 1 with $6.1M to best predecessor Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The Top 10 overseas markets through Sunday are projected thusly: China ($205M), Korea ($59M), UK ($44.3M), Mexico ($32.1M), Brazil ($28.1M), Japan ($28M), Australia ($25.9M), France ($25.3M), Russia ($21.8M) and Germany ($18.9M).
As we reported in early July, Far From Home‘s promotional media campaign set an industry record with $288M in media value.
FFH, written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommer, also stars Samuel L Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal. Producers are Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.