Spider-Man: Far From Home follows up Avengers: Endgame with a record-breaking $39 million Tuesday

Spider-Man: Far From Home.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe just broke yet another box office record with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The Avengers: Endgame follow-up scored a great $39 million opening day, with this breaking the record for biggest Tuesday debut, Deadline reports. Although some analysts had predicted an even bigger debut, this still came in ahead of the previous Tuesday record-holder: The Amazing Spider-Man, which also opened ahead of the Fourth of July and grossed $35 million on Tuesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man went on to gross $137 million in its six-day debut, Deadline notes. Far From Home should be able to surpass that, though Sony is estimating $125 million even as some analysts see $150 million or more as possible, Variety reports.

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There's quite a bit of pressure on Far From Home as Marvel's next installment after its biggest event ever, Avengers: Endgame, which shattered box office records with a mind-boggling $357 million debut in April. Just over two months after this grand finale, Far From Home effectively serves as an epilogue to that film, dealing with some of its fallout and planting the seeds for what's to come following the end of an era that began 11 years ago. Sony and Marvel are clearly hoping Far From Home, the marketing for which heavily emphasizes its Endgame connections, will get a post-Avengers box office bump the same way Iron Man 3 in 2013 posted a giant $174 million debut after following up the original The Avengers.

But it's been a dire summer at the box office, with sequels crashing and burning left and right and even the critically-acclaimed Toy Story 4 falling short of expectations; summer ticket sales are down 7.3 percent year-over-year, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Will Far From Home be the latest victim of this summer slump, or will Endgame enthusiasm help counteract this trend? We'll soon learn exactly how capable Spider-Man is of stepping up and, after Endgame disrupted the series' status quo, ushering the franchise into an all new phase.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.