It's official: Spider-Man: Far From Home is now Sony's highest-grossing movie ever at the box office. The Marvel sequel has been raking in the dough ever since it was released earlier this summer and now, it's crossed a major milestone, having surpassed Skyfall as the studio's biggest release, financially speaking, of all time.
As reported by Deadline, Spider-Man: Far From Home has now $1.109 billion it needed to overtake 2012's Skywall, which earned a massive $1.108 billion during its theatrical run. It's also the second release in Sony's history to cross the coveted $1 billion mark. This is important, given that Sony will no longer be handling distribution for future James Bond movies, which takes away one of its biggest cash cows.
It's also worth mentioning that five of Sony's top ten earners of all time are Spider-Man movies, with The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the top 15. Point being, Sony doesn't have nearly as many big franchises to play with, when compared to someone like Disney, so the fact that their most reliable franchise is showing no signs of slowing down is key.
It certainly doesn't hurt that Tom Holland's version of Peter Parker has the added benefit of being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So while the two standalone movies Holland has starred in, which also includes Spider-Man: Homecoming, are distributed by Sony, they're still produced by the Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
Sony, in this case, benefited greatly in two ways. For one, this served as the MCU's direct follow-up to Avengers: Endgame, which wound up becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time. Naturally, quite a few fans wanted to see what essentially served as an epilogue to that film. Far From Home also earned stellar reviews, currently boasting a 90 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, to go along with a stellar 95 percent audience score.
This bodes very well for a continued partnership between Disney and Sony on future Spider-Man movies. Far From Home left off on something of a massive cliffhanger, which all but ensured a third solo movie in the series would be made. The box office results further cement that as a certainty, even though the project has yet to be formally announced.
"Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever."
The cast includes Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr and Marisa Tomei, with Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. Jon Watts served as director, with a script by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
So what do you think? Did Spider-Man: Far From Home deserve this record? Where does it rank in terms of Spider-Man movies? Sound off in the comments!