'Spider-Man: Far From Home' sets record as Columbia Pictures' highest grosser

This time last year, the Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was no more than a pile of dust. Today, he’s the star of Columbia Pictures‘ single highest grossing film of all time. Spider-Man: Far From Home, directed by Jon Watts, has officially passed the global box office gross of the 2012 James Bond adventure Skyfall. Through Sunday, August 18, Far From Home made $376.7 million domestically and $732.9 million internationally for a worldwide cume of $1.109 billion!

Riding a wave of success like that, Sony has a treat on the way for Spider-fans. Starting Thursday, August 29 — ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend — an extended cut of Far From Home will hit the big screen in the US and Canada with approximately four additional minutes of a never-before-seen action sequence.

On its path toward this record-breaking milestone, Spider-Man: Far From Home showed incredible power at the global box office. The film’s North American opening at $185.06 million for the six-day holiday weekend was an all-time opening six-day record for Sony Pictures, the best-ever six-day opening for a Spider-Man film, and the best six-day opening for a film launching over the Fourth of July holiday. On opening day, July 2, the film opened to the biggest Tuesday numbers of all time with $39.3 million.

Spider-Man: Far From Home became the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie overseas and opened at #1 in 65 markets including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The film’s global rollout began on June 28 in China, Hong Kong, and Japan with a $111 million cumulative opening. China debuted to $97.7 million – the seventh-largest opening of all-time for a studio film in the market and Sony Pictures’ second-biggest opening there. Japan opened with $9.4 million – the second-biggest superhero movie launch in the last decade. Hong Kong opened with $3.7 million – the fifth-biggest Friday-to-Sunday opening of all-time, and Sony Pictures’ best-ever opening in the market.

Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland back as Peter Parker, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as MJ and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio.

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Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.