Despite rebooting the Spider-Man franchise only 5 years after Sam Raimi’s much loathed Spider-Man 3, moviegoers snatched up movie tickets for the new installment of the web-slinging superhero. The Amazing Spider-Man generated a strong $65 million over the 3-day weekend and $140 million over the 6-day holiday period.
While the film is lagging behind Spider-Man 3 which claimed $176 million over its first six days, Sony Pictures should see a decent return on the $225 million they spent to produce the movie. thanks to strong foreign box office sales which are already up to $201.6 million.
Sony Pictures reports that the audience was 58 percent male and 54 percent was 25 years of age and older. The film received a warm “A-” CinemaScore, which should point to a solid theatrical run despite the release of The Dark Knight Rises in less than two weeks.
Meanwhile, Seth Macfarlane’s Ted fell to second place with an estimated $32.6 million. The foul-mouthed comedy, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, dropped only 40% from the week earlier and is now up to $120.2 million through 10 days.
Disney-Pixar’s Brave claimed another $20.1 million to bring its domestic ticket sales to $174.5 million. The movie will encounter heavy competition next week with the release of Ice Age: Continental Drift. However, it is all but certain to become Pixar’s tenth movie to pass $200 million at the domestic box office .
In fourth place, Oliver Stone’s R-rated movie Savages tallied a respectable $16.2 million in its opening weekend. Taylor Kitsch must be breathing a small sigh of relief after being part of two of the biggest box office disasters in recent memory (John Carter and Battleship) although the movie is getting terrible word-of-mouth as shown by the “C+” CinemaScore.
Finally, Katy Perry: Part of Me flopped with only $7.1 million over the weekend. This pales in comparison to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never which opened to $29.5 million last year. The audience skewed heavily female (81%) and 72 percent were 25 years of age and older. The movie did receive an excellent “A” CinemaScore, but the movie will likely be seen as a disappointment for Paramount Pictures.
Weekend Box Office
|1. Iron Man 3||$72.5M|
|2. The Great Gatsby||$51.1M|
|3. Pain and Gain||$5.0M|
|4. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples||$4.5M|
|7. The Croods||$3.6M|
|8. The Big Wedding||$2.5M|
|10. Oz The Great and Powerful||$0.8M|