'The Amazing Spider-Man' earns $140m revenue in 6 days
10 July, 2012
'The Amazing Spider-Man' spun himself a 65-million-dollar opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at US theatres.
Overseas, Sony's 'The Amazing Spider-Man' added $129.1 million, raising its international total to $201.6 million and worldwide haul to $341.2 million since it began rolling out a week earlier in some foreign markets.
The movie started off as a smaller domestic money-maker 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 modelled 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 No 1 film, Universal's teddy-bear comedy 'Ted', fell to second-place with $32.6 million, raising its domestic total to $120.2 million.
Among new releases, Oliver Stone's drug-war thriller 'Savages' opened at number with a solid $16.2-million 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 No 8 with just $7.2 million.
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. The Sony Pictures Classics release lifted its domestic total to $5.3 million.
According to Hollywood.com, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' bumped up US receipts, with Hollywood pulling in an estimated $200 million 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 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
'Ted' – $32.6 million
'Brave' – $20.2 million
'Savages' – $16.2 million
'Magic Mike' – $15.6 million
'Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection' – $10.2 million
'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' – $7.7 million
'Katy Perry: Part of Me' – $7.2 million
'Moonrise Kingdom' – $4.6 million
'To Rome with Love' – $3.5 million