’Spider-Man 2’ ropes in $92 million opening
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony Pictures, Niko Tavernise)
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Emma Stone in the film, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony Pictures)
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jamie Foxx as Electro in the film, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony Pictures)
Spider-Man can still sling it at the box office.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 debuted with $92 million in North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. It was a solid opening for Sony’s Columbia Pictures, which has released five movies about Marvel’s web-slinging superhero in the last 14 years.
Last week’s No. 1 film, the female revenge comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, slid to a distant second with $14 million in its second weekend.
The release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 essentially kicks off Hollywood’s summer season and its annual parade of sequels and spectacle. Marvel movies have regularly commenced summer movie-going in recent years, and the Spider-Man 2 opening begins the season with a business-as-usual blockbuster performance.
The rebooted Spider-Man franchise starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone isn’t performing quite as strongly as Sam Raimi’s trilogy with Tobey Maguire. On opening weekends, the Raimi films grossed, in order: $114.1 million, $88.2 million and $151.1 million.
The Amazing Spider-Man, also directed by Marc Webb, opened on a Tuesday in 2012, making $62 million on its debut weekend and $137 million over its first six days.
The new sequel, which began rolling out overseas two weeks ago, is also doing huge international business. It has already grossed $161 million abroad, and it added an additional $116 million over the weekend.
That included $10.4 million from China, where it opened yesterday on a record 11,002 screens. And it set a record for Hollywood titles in India with a $6.5 million debut.
“Everywhere we opened just popped,” said Rory Bruer, head of domestic distribution for Sony.
Domestically, families made up 33 percent of the audience of the PG-13 The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a high percentage for a superhero film.
“It did seem to have a very strong component to the film, which we felt was an opportunity,” Bruer said. “It also lends itself to a picture that will be around the market for a while, too.”