- "The Amazing Spider-Man" has been doing gangbusters at the box office
- In second place is the Seth MacFarlane film, "Ted"
- Singer Katy Perry's documentary landed in seventh place
That's a lot of cash caught in Spidey's web!
Sony's $220 million reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man" debuted atop the box office with $65 million over its first weekend and a big $140 million in its first six days. The 3-D blockbuster played in 4,138 theaters and earned a $15,708 per theater average over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Of that $140 million, $14.3 million came from IMAX screens. Worldwide, the tentpole has already earned $341.2 million after two weekends of international release.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" started off softer than any of the previous web-slinging installments; after six days, 2002′s Spider-Man had earned $144.1 million, 2004′s Spider-Man 2 had earned $180.1 million, and 2007′s Spider-Man 3 had earned $176.2 million — and none of those had 3-D or IMAX ticket prices. But its robust debut put to rest any chatter that Sony had made a grave mistake by rebooting the franchise with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Clearly, the Marvel character is a major draw.
Like fellow superhero reboots Batman Begins and X-Men: First Class, which started with $48.7 and $55.1 million, respectively, The Amazing Spider-Man may have garnered somewhat smaller numbers while convincing audiences to check out a whole new Spidey iteration, but its run will open the doors for even more successful sequels in the future. Still, The Amazing Spider-Man looks like it will earn a nice chunk of change in its own right. Audiences enjoyed the film and issued it an "A-" CinemaScore grade, which should lead to strong word-of-mouth in the coming weeks — at least until The Dark Knight Rises arrives July 20.
In second place, Seth MacFarlane's $50 million comedy Ted dropped by 40 percent to $32.6 million, which gives the Universal comedy a 10-day total of $120.2 million. At the same point in its run, another R-rated comedy, The Hangover, had grossed $104.8 million on its way to a $277.3 million finish. Will Ted climb that high? It's doubtful. Family Guy fans seem to have slightly frontloaded Ted's release, and its drops should thus be steeper (The Hangover dipped only 27 percent in its second weekend, and just 18 percent in its third), but the bawdy Mark