Box Office – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Nets Biggest Tuesday Opening of All Time with $35 Million

     July 4, 2012

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July fourth has arrived and, with it, the first indication of how The Amazing Spider-Man is performing at the domestic box-office. According to studio estimates, the latest version of Marvel’s webslinger took in $35 million on Tuesday from 4,318 locations. That includes the $7.5 million earned from midnight screenings, a figure on par with the midnight launch of Spider-Man 3 five years ago. The Amazing Spider-Man can now claim the biggest Tuesday opening of all time (ahead of the $27.8 million of 2007’s Transformers), although the list of former Tuesday debuts is not particularly impressive. In terms of recent comic book launches, The Amazing Spider-Man seems numerically closest to 2008’s Iron Man and its $35.2 million opening. Comparing it to other entries in the Spider-Man franchise is not very instructive but, what the hell? Spider-Man 3 came out on a Friday in May and earned $59.8 million. On 2004’s more comparable Wednesday-before-July-Fourth, Spider-Man 2 launched to $40.4 million (not adjusted for inflation or 3D differentials). Of course, very few expected The Amazing Spider-Man to compete on the same level as its predecessors, making this morning’s estimate look very promising. At this point, the film should get close to $150 by the end of the weekend.

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