Spider-Man Wins at the Box Office
Sony’s reboot of Spider-Man had a hugely successful first week and first weekend. The action packed superhero flick took in $65 million over the weekend to reach a total of $140 million for its six days of domestic release in the U.S. and Canada. The movie was even more successful overseas, as it took in another $129.1 million making its international total reach $201.5 million and is total worldwide reached $341.1 million. The movie has been out for one week longer in most international markets.
Box office sales for the movie were less the first weekend than they were for the previous three versions, but critics who thought the movie house should not unleash the superhero yet were silenced. Only five years ago, the last Spider-Man was released, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire and it shattered all records at the box office.
However, Sony says the new movie was not meant as being Spider-Man 4, it was considered a re-launch, but with a different story line and more importantly a different cast. Executives at Sony said it has succeeded beyond all expectations.
Last weekend Ted, a comedy with a teddy bear, led the box office. This week the movie dropped to second place with $32.6 million, a strong showing that raised its domestic take to $120.3 million.
Savages, the drug-war action thriller by Oliver Stone premiered at number four for the weekend earning a solid $16.1 million. Also premiering was Paramount’s Katy Perry: Part of Me. The concert film failed to attract millions of Perry fans and only earned $7.2 million to land in eighth place.
Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Brave at number three and Magic Mike at number five.