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This is the Spider-Man movies fans have always wanted to see: hilarious, action-packed and even meaningful on occasion.

In past years, superhero films brought in hundreds of millions at the box office, but did so while often being panned by critics.

In comparison to other Spider-Man films, Homecoming's preview night debut beats both The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which garnered $7.5 million in midnight showings and $8.7 million in Thursday night showings respectively.

"Despicable Me 3", last weekend's victor, was #2 at this Friday's box office. Spider-Man: "Homecoming as a movie event resonates well with the young audience and hence becomes the flawless platform of association for us".

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But all three of those films got scores of 81% or better on review site Rotten Tomatoes, and that strong word of mouth kept audiences coming beyond the pop of the first weekend.

That's good news for Sony and Marvel Studios because, like "Wonder Woman", their "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is a good movie.

Cha-ching! Early box office estimates say that Jon Watts' "Spider-Man: Homecoming", Marvel's first solo flick starring Tom Holland in the title role, is expected to skyrocket past the $100 million mark domestically its opening weekend. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.