Box Office Report: ‘Spider-Man’ Comes Out Swinging With $140M Domestic Launch

The Amazing Spider-Man has pulled in $65 million over the weekend to notch a $140 million total domestically.

The 3D film started with $7.5 million in sales on Tuesday and managed to hold the positions through the U.S. Independence Day holiday and the weekend. Photo: Sony Pictures

According to Sony Pictures, the distributor of the movie, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ has generated $341.2 million overall, ‘including $201.6 million in the 70 foreign markets in which it has opened’.

Imax also counted the new film has brought its makers more than $24 million of total worldwide  has come from showings in IMAX wide-screen theaters.

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ eclipsed its rivals and topped the international chart with $129.1 million from 74 territories. In the second place is 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, which earned $80.6 million from 48 markets in its second weekend for an outstanding foreign cume of $198 million.

Domestically, the 3D movie, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, turned in the best performance for the July 4th frame outside of the three Transformers pics, Twlight Saga: The Eclipse and Spider-Man 2.

As The Hollywood Reporter claims, among reboots, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ easily earned the $79.5 million received by Batman Begins in its first six days, including a three-day opening of $48.7 million.

“What a spectacular relaunch,” Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said. “There are so many facets of this movie that are compelling, including the chemistry between Andrew and Emma and the out-of-the-box direction of Marc Webb.”

The new movie reboots the ‘Spider-Man’ series that began with 2002’s film and consist of three movies which earned around $2.5 billion at global box offices for its makers, Marvel Studios and distributor Sony Pictures.

Those earlier films forced Sony to cut the budget for its fourth it was decided to replac Maguire with Garfield, who played a supporting role in Facebook movie “The Social Network,”

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ shows a super hero’s alter-ego Peter Parker in high school as he turns into a crime-fighting superman. Garfield’s real life girlfriend, Emma Stone, performs Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.

The love story, which is followed in the movie, helped lure female viewers, who made up 42 percent of the audience. Seventy-three percent of reviews compiled on website Rotten Tomatoes recommended the movie.

“This is a film that had something for women,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Gwen Stacy is a pretty strong woman in her own right, and the two of them had great chemistry on screen.”

Last week’s top movie, comedy “Ted” remains in second place with domestic sales of $32.6 million from Friday through Sunday. Directed by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, “Ted” has grabbed $120.2 million domestically in a week after its debut.

“I know it’s about a drug using, foul-mouthed bear, but when all is said and done it’s a romance with a lot of heart,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal Pictures’ president of domestic distribution.

“I don’t know too many women who didn’t feel something when that bear was lying dead on that coffee table with the stuffing pulled out of it.”

The third place went to to “Brave,” an animated fairy created by Walt Disney Co’s Pixar studio. The movie about a rebellious, red-haired princess earned $20.1 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters. That brings its domestic ticket sales to $174.5 million.

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