Spider-Man: Far From Home Looking At $100 Million Opening Weekend In China, Earns $35 Million On Friday
The movie is off to a flying start.
Spider-Man: Far From Home releases in the US this week but the movie has already begun making waves internationally. The next MCU movie opened in China a week early and thanks to some strong anticipation in a post-Avengers world as well as some promotional activities by Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jake Gyllenhaal, it’s enjoying a great reception in the Middle Kingdom, with a score of 9.2 on ticketing platform Maoyan and 8.3 on review aggregator website Douban.
Far From Home has managed to earn about $35.5 million in its Friday opening, $3.2 million of which comes from Thursday night showings. This is the best standalone superhero debut for China and the third higest debut in the country behind only Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. At this rate, it looks set to surpass $100 million in its opening weekend in China. Those are fabulous numbers compared to Spider-Man: Homecoming which took home $23 million on its first day and opened to $67 million in the territory. It went on to gross $116 million from China, which bodes well for its sequel.
A combination of multiple factors have contributed to this stellar opening. Avengers: Endgame‘s strong earnings are the foremost reason; the team-up made a mouth-watering $629 million in China and is enjoying steady buzz ahead of its re-release this weekend. A Chinese production Better Days was building up good hype as well but was postponed from its June 28 release, leaving Far From Home as the only movie over the weekend. All of this together has made the Spider-Man sequel a fairly popular bet in China, perhaps even the only option for those seeking entertainment through film.
Spider-Man: Far From Home has received some good first reviews building atop its already enthusiastic first reactions, with praise directed at Tom Holland’s and Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of their respective “heroes” as well as the movie’s fun, enjoyable tone. The post-credits scene has been widely stated as one of the highpoints of the movie so be careful treading the internet over the next few days to ensure you don’t spoil it.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently in theaters in China. It will arrive on the US on July 5, although pre-screenings should commence sooner.