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'The Amazing Spider-Man' earns $7.5 million at midnight shows

By Grady Smith, EW.com
updated 4:27 PM EDT, Tue July 3, 2012
Andrew Garfield stars in
Andrew Garfield stars in "The Amazing Spider-Man," which earned $7.5 million from midnight shows during its U.S. premiere.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "The Amazing Spider-Man" earned $7.5 million from midnight shows during its premiere
  • Sony expects the reboot will earn between $110 and $120 million over its first six days
  • The film has already taken in $50.2 million overseas

(EW.com) -- Sony's reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man" earned $7.5 million from midnight shows during its U.S. premiere last night — $1.2 million of which came from 300 IMAX screens.

The $220 million web-slinging flick, which Sony expects will earn between $110 and $120 million over its first six days, has already taken in $50.2 million overseas, and it seems to be off to a healthy start domestically.

"We had a fantastic start," says a rep for the studio.

Comparisons are somewhat difficult given "The Amazing Spider-Man's" unconventional Tuesday release — "Spider-Man 3" earned $7.5 million during its Friday midnight debut on the way to a $151 million opening weekend, although that film was not presented in price-jacking 3-D/IMAX, and midnight screenings were less popular five years ago than they are today. Another film from five years ago that opened on a Tuesday, "Transformers," earned $8.8 million on Monday night sneaks and took in $155.4 million through Sunday night.

Based on these results (and a whole lot of speculation), I'd bet that "The Amazing Spider-Man" will take in about $125 million in its first six days, but honestly, it's too soon to tell right now.

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