"The Amazing Spider-Man" is so far exceeding Sony's earliest expectations for the reboot at the box-office. Opening on July 3rd, the film scored the biggest Tuesday opening of all time with just over $35 million.
Then yesterday it pulled in an additional $23.4 million, the second-highest daily gross for a film playing on July 4th ("Transformers" still holds that record). Today is has made around $16.3 million and estimates now have the film pulling in around $130-140 million domestically by the end of the weekend.
Sony has used the success, and the film's official Facebook page, to confirm that the movie is just the first in a planned new 'trilogy'. The site says "'The Amazing Spider-Man' is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents."
Producer Matt Tolmach first mentioned the trilogy possibility on the record to SHH last week, saying "We knew that it was going to be more than one [installment], and at the very least three. We're going to let this movie tell us what the story is."
Sony is already committed to getting a sequel out and into cinemas by May 2nd 2014. Speculation is already rampant about potential villains from The Chameleon and Norman Osborn to the eventual formation of the Sinister Six, but nothing has been decided as yet.