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Weekend Box Office: 'Amazing Spider-Man' Leads Field

Thompson on Hollywood By Brian Fuson | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2012 at 1:00PM

Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” showed that the venerable Marvel character can still lure moviegoers in large numbers into its web. In its first six days the $230-million franchise reboot of “Spider-Man" with new stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the leads generated close to $140 million and picked up nearly $65 million during the weekend.
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Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” showed that the venerable Marvel character can still lure moviegoers in large numbers into its web.  In its first six days the $230-million franchise reboot of “Spider-Man" with new stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the leads generated close to $140 million and picked up nearly $65 million during the weekend, effortlessly grabbing the top spot, based on estimates.  That six-day take exceeded Sony's conservative early predictions, but was in the middle range of most box office projections. (See Top Ten Box Office Chart below.)

On a worldwide basis the blue and red spandexed web slinger racked up a spirited $341.2 million at the boxoffice, a stellar debut overall for the relaunch of the storied franchise.

Universal’s “Savages,” the latest film from director Oliver Stone, arrived in fourth place with an estimated $16.2 million.  That opening for the R-rated action-thriller was better than most expectations heading into the frame.

And Paramount’s “Katy Perry: Part of Me” arrived in the eighth slot with an estimated $7.15 million for the weekend.  The music documentary has picked up around $10.25 million since its release on Thursday, which is at the high end of where industry observers thought the low-budget feature from the studio’s Insurge label would land.

After a five year break, Marc Webb's PG-13 rated “Spider-Man” goes back to the beginning and takes another look at the origins of Spider-Man, his powers, girlfriend, and parent’s death, and adds a new villain (Rhys Isfans).

“Marc Webb really understood Peter Parker, what Spider-Man was about and how he should look and feel," said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. "Andrew Garfield embodies Peter Parker in an incredible way and his chemistry with Emma Stone is some of the best magic I’ve ever seen on screen.”

The action-adventure's $230 million budget should not be a problem as the franchise has always performed better internationally than domestically. The worldwide tally has already exceeded the film’s budget by more than $100 million.

The international gross comprised an average of 55% of the worldwide tally for the previous three “Spider-Man” films. Between them, the total worldwide gross for the three films is $2.6 billion.  “Spider-Man 3” was the highest-grossing of the three previous releases, taking in $890.9 million worldwide; the original film grossed $821.7 million; and “Spider-Man 2” did $783.8 million.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.