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Box Office: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Swings Into Top Spot With Big Weekend

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 4, 2014 12:09 PM
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It wasn't long ago when the Twittersphere shared rumblings that Sony were concerned about the tracking for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Whether that's true or not, the studio had nothing to worry about. While there were complaints about the "show everything" marketing campaign, and though critics were far less kind to the sequel than its predecessor, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" shot a web into the top spot this weekend, with a massive $92 million opening.

Already open overseas for the past two weeks, where it has already earned north of $275 million, this weekend puts the film over $365 million worldwide, with much more to come. The film's performance beat the opening of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2," and puts the movie among the best May openings ever (it's about ten million behind "Iron Man 2"). However, it's the international numbers (which are very, very good) that will be the bread and butter of the film's haul (just like the first film which killed overseas). But perhaps most crucially, it means the franchise is very much alive, so don't be surprised if the wheels start turning hard on the spinoffs ("Sinister Six," "Venom") in the coming weeks, while Marc Webb and co. are already gearing up "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" for 2016.

Rolling into (distant) second place, with everyone else picking up the scraps of box office 'Spider-Man 2' let behind, "The Other Woman" filled the comedy niche taking a mere $14.2 million, a pretty steep drop from its $47 million opening last week. And really, its indicative of the top ten in general this week, with most films doing what they could, while audiences forked over cash for the big summer movie instead.

However, there were some surprises. "Heaven Is For Real" continues to make believers in faith based dramas, with the film hanging on in third with $8.7 million. The movie is now over $65 million domestic and counting, and will provide a nice, tidy profit to Sony's Screen Gems arm. And it will also give execs more reasons to pursue modestly budgeted, niche programming for Christian audiences who have shown that if you build it, they will come.

In limited release, "Belle" took $104,000 at four theaters. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's "Transcendence" basically wound down its run, earning a paltry $25 million, one of the worst ever wide release efforts from the actor.

1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Columbia Pictures) - $92 million
2. The Other Woman (20th Century Fox) - $14.2 million ($47.3m cume)
3. Heaven is for Real (TriStar Pictures) - $8.7 million ($65.6m cume)
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Walt Disney Pictures) - $7.7 million ($237.1m cume)
5. Rio 2 (20th Century Fox) - $7.6 million ($106.4m cume)
6. Brick Mansions (Relativity Media) - $3.5 million ($15.4m cume)
7. Divergent (Summit Entertainment) - $2.1 million ($142.6m cume)
8. The Quiet Ones (Lionsgate) - $2 million ($6.7m cume)
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures) - $1.7 million ($51.5m cume)
10. God's Not Dead (Freestyle) - $1.7 million ($55.5m cume)

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5 Comments

  • Matt | May 11, 2014 12:24 AMReply

    Your edited article is still incorrect. TASM 2 isn't 10 million behind Iron Man 2, but 36 million. Also, The Other Woman didn't open to 47 million, but 24 million. So its 14.4 million weekend gross is actually quite a decent hold. Declining only 41.8 percent. You must've had the numbers mixed up with its total domestic gross at that time.

    Honestly, where do you get your sources from?

  • Matt | May 4, 2014 10:33 PMReply

    Iron Man 2 does not hold the record for best May opening ever. That title currently belongs to The Avengers, which opened to 207 million in 2012. Iron Man 2 stands at number 4, which opened to 128 million in 2010. Whereass The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't even get anywhere close to both titles, standing at nr 14.

    And yes, it beat the original Spider-Man 2 opening, which opened to 88 million in 2004. But let's not forget, that movie opened ten years ago without Imax and 3D surcharges. And adjusted for inflation, that movie still opened to 112 million today.

    I really enjoyed this second film from Marc Webb, but it does seem that franchise fatigue is setting in throughout North America though

  • cirkusfolk | May 4, 2014 4:29 PMReply

    Also your top ten is wrong. Gods Not Dead came in at number 9 this week. This means it has made 55 million on a 2 million dollar budget. Expect Gods Still Not Dead next summer.

  • cirkusfolk | May 4, 2014 4:32 PM

    And Transcendence only made 21 million, not 25. Utter bomb.

  • cirkusfolk | May 4, 2014 4:26 PMReply

    It's also worth noting that Grand Budapest Hotel fell out of the top ten last week (13th) after already being released 9 weeks ago (twice as long as any other movie in top 20 box office), only to come back into the 10th spot again. It's gonna pass Royal Tenenbaums this week to become Wes Anderson's most profitable movie to date domestically, and it has already made 89 million internationally compared to The Darjeeling Limited's 22 million international haul which is his second best. The man can retire now.

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