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The Wall Street Journal: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ wallops rivals to land atop box office

The superhero who kicked off Hollywood’s modern comic book craze has swung back into the top tier.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” opened to a strong $117 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates — the best opening for a film featuring the web-slinging teenager in a decade.

Overseas, it took in $140 million from 56 markets, more than any prior “Spider-Man” film in the same set of countries. It performed particularly well in South Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom. “Homecoming” has yet to open in France, Germany or Japan and to be approved for release in China, which typically imposes a “blackout” on Hollywood imports for several weeks during the summer in order to promote local films.

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