Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” soared over the weekend and is closing in on an estimated $92 million domestic box-office opening weekend, the second biggest of the year behind only “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with $95 million.
It’s a big step up from the $62 million debut of the first “The Amazing Spider-Man” two years ago, though that film opened on a Tuesday and over a holiday weekend.
ASM2 also beat out the opening of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2” which opened to $88 million in 2004, and garnered a nearly exact same per screen average – ASM2’s $21,277 to SM2’s $21,232.
The Spidey sequel is still going strong overseas, pulling a total of $277 million thus far outside the United States, bringing the film’s global haul to $369 million so far.
Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has now passed both the domestic and foreign box-office totals of “Thor: The Dark World”. ‘Winter’ currently sits at $679 million and is likely to finish in the high $700 million range – double that of the first film and Marvel Studios’ third highest grosser.
In limited release, the “slave in high society” historical drama “Belle” was a big hit with a $26,250 per screen average across four screens, while the black-and-white “Ida” also proved strong with $16,667 per screen average across three screens.
On the flip side, the Elizabeth Banks comedy “Walk of Shame” was a disaster – opening on 50 screens and garnering just $38,000 – a $745 per screen average. True story drama “Decoding Annie Parker” didn’t fare much better with a $1,131 per screen average across 13 screens.