Opening weekend box-office estimates are usually based on Friday and Saturday figures alone. Thus when Sunday rolls around, large estimates which break records and get publicity will often find themselves being deflated by a few million when the actual Sunday statistics are included.
In a surprising move though, the record breaking $148 million domestic and $227 million international opening weekend estimates for “Spider-Man 3” have had to be revised UPWARD, Sunday business proving stronger than even studio Sony had predicted.
The superhero actioneer took in ultimately $151 million in hard currency at the North American box-office, and $231 million worldwide. The film began its global rollout on Tuesday and by Sunday night US time had pulled in an incredible $382 million in receipts.
Internationally it was No. 1 in all 107 territories in which it debuted and scored the biggest weekend ever in twenty-nine markets – snapping up 80% of the entire movie-going audience around the world for the weekend.
On Saturday it also posted the biggest single day in global ticket sales with $117.6 million.
Finally, the movie set a record for the largest domestic gross in domestic Imax theaters, with $4.8 million in revenue and near complete sold-out shows.