Washington: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ spun himself a 65-million-dollar opening weekend and 140 million dollars in his first six days at U.S. theatres.
Overseas, Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ added 129.1 million dollars, raising its international total to 201.6 million dollars and worldwide haul to 341.2 million dollaes since it began rolling out a week earlier in some foreign markets.
The movie started off as a smaller domestic moneymaker than the previous three Spidey films, but it laid to rest objections that it was too soon to re-launch the superhero franchise.
The new origin story for the Marvel Comics web-slinger comes just five years after ‘Spider-Man 3’, Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi’s final movie in a series that shattered box-office records.
“This was never modeled or was never meant to be ‘Spider-Man 4’. This was always a relaunch with a new cast and different stories to tell, and quite frankly, it succeeded beyond our imaginations,” CBS News quoted Rory Bruer, Sony’s head of distribution, as saying.
The previous weekend’s number 1 film, Universal’s teddy-bear comedy ‘Ted’, fell to second-place with 32.6 million dollars, raising its domestic total to 120.2 million dollars.
Among new releases, Oliver Stone’s drug-war thriller ‘Savages’ opened at number with a solid 16.2-million-dollar weekend, also for Universal.
Paramount’s concert film ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ failed to pack in the pop star’s fans, debuting at a distant number 8 with just 7.2 million dollars.
Going into wide release after two weekends in a handful of theatres, Woody Allen’s ensemble romance ‘To Rome with Love’ broke into the top-10 with 3.5 million dollars. The Sony Pictures Classics release lifted its domestic total to 5.3 million dollars.
According to Hollywood.com, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ bumped up U.S. receipts, with Hollywood pulling in an estimated 200 million dollars overall for the weekend.
Leading up to the domestic debut of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ last Tuesday, Hollywood had expectations of a six-day total of around 120 million dollars for the film by the end of Fourth of July weekend.
That proved a conservative projection, but studio executives genuinely were uncertain how well the film might do so close on the heels of the previous ‘Spider-Man’ series.
The top 10 movies at the weekend US box office were:
The Amazing Spider-Man – 65 million dollars
Ted – 32.6 million dollars
Brave – 20.2 million dollars
Savages – 16.2 million dollars
Magic Mike – 15.6 million dollars
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection – 10.2 million dollars
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – 7.7 million dollars
Katy Perry: Part of Me – 7.2 million dollars
Moonrise Kingdom – 4.6 million dollars
To Rome with Love – 3.5 million dollars