Having already cleaned up overseas, there was no question “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ would clean up here in North America on its debut weekend. As Deadline reports, though, the ridiculously expensive sequel ($225 million) that cost nearly as much to promote ($190 million), will have to gross more than its predecessor ($750 million) just to break even. ASM2 will land somewhere around $90 million before this weekend is over.
Those are great numbers, but compared to the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire trilogy, Spidey seems to be running out of gas. In 2007, Spider-Man 3 opened to a whopping $151 million during the exact same weekend.
And that movie sucked.
The original “Spider-Man” opened to $115 million in 2002.
“Spider-Man 2,” however, was outperformed by “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” In 2004, Raimi’s first sequel opened to just $88 million.
All three of Raimi’s films ended up grossing more than the first “Amazing Spider-Man,” and that was without the added boost of higher-priced 3D and Imax showings.
Holding well is the PG-13 comedy “The Other Woman,” which dropped only 39%. The revenge-against-men comedy will reap another $15 million this weekend bringing its total to $48 million.
In its third weekend, “Heaven Is for Real” is chugging right along with another $8 million, which will bring the $12 million film to a total box office of $65 million.
Per Deadline, here are the top 5.
1). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) 4,324 theaters / $35.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $90M to $92M / Wk 1
2). The Other Woman (FOX), 3,238 theaters (+33) / $4.8M Fri. / 3-day cume: $15.1M (-39%) / Total cume: $48.3M / Wk 2
3). Heaven Is For Real (SONY), 2,930 theaters (+255) / $2.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $8.4M (-41%) / Total cume: $65.4M / Wk 3
4). Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS), 3,179 theaters (-441) / $2.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.6M (-53%) / Total cume: $237M / Wk 5
5). Rio 2 (FOX), 3,314 theaters (-389) / $1.7M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.5M (-46%) / Total cume: $106.4M / Wk 4
Deadline has the full top 10 and updates throughout the weekend.
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