Weekend Box Office: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Nets $92 Million Debut; Worldwide Total Now $369 Million

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It wasn’t quite the highest debut of the year, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still managed to impress with its estimated $92 million domestic debut.  That’s a significant improvement over the 2012 launch of The Amazing Spider-Man reboot and only slightly under the $95 million opening of last month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92,000,000 $92
2.  The Other Woman $14,200,000 $47.3
3.  Heaven is for Real $8,700,000 $65.6
4.  Captain America 2 $7,762,000 $237.1
5.  Rio 2 $7,600,000 $106.4
6.  Brick Mansions $3,545,000 $15.4
7.  Divergent $2,175,000 $142.6
8.  The Quiet Ones $2,000,000 $6.7
9.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $1,735,000 $51.5
10.  God’s Not Dead
$1,725,000 $55.5

the-amazing-spider-man-2-posterHow you interpret the numbers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is probably going to depend on how you feel about the series in general.  Back in 2012, when Sony launched its reboot, the Sam Raimi Spider-Man series was only five years removed from theatres.  Though Spider-Man 3 was not a fan-favorite, it did set a new domestic box office record ($151.1 million) when it debuted on the first weekend in May of 2007 and brought in almost $900 million worldwide by the end of its run.  For many fans it was just too soon for a reboot.

Too soon or not, The Amazing Spider-Man hit US theatres ahead of the July fourth weekend in 2012.  Sandwiched between the blockbuster premieres of Marvel’s The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man had a solid domestic run.  The film brought in over $35 million on its first day (Tuesday, July third) and earned $137 million in total by the end of its first weekend.  The reboot went on to earn $262 million in North America but it was the international market that proved the key.  The Amazing Spider-Man earned more than 65% of its worldwide total outside of North America, a dramatic shift from the original Spider-Man series.

The table below provides an overview of all the Spider-Man films of the last twelve years.

Title  Year   Opening   Domestic   Global   Budget
Spider-Man  2002   $114.8   $403.7   $821.7   $139
Spider-Man 2  2004   $88.1   $373.5   $783.7   $200
Spider-Man 3  2007   $151.1   $336.5   $890.8   $258
The Amazing Spider-Man  2012   $62   $262   $752.2   $230
The Amazing Spider-Man 2  2014   $92 (est.)   n/a   n/a   $255 (est.)

 

Given the trend of increasing international receipts, today’s domestic estimate is arguably less important than its international performance.  Over the past three weekends, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has earned $277 million from markets including Australia, the UK, Germany and Mexico.  Along with its North American launch, this weekend will see the sequel’s final international expansion, including China on Sunday.  So far, the film has set opening day records in Malaysia and Thailand, and scored the biggest US release ever in India.  In the all-important Chinese market, the highest American opening was last year’s Iron Man 3 with $64.5 million.

If Spidey opens big in China it will go a long way towards mitigating the sequel’s less than stellar domestic reception.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has received a disappointing B+ CinemaScore and currently rates 54% on Rotten Tomatoes. Compare that to the 73% of The Amazing Spider-Man and it’s easy to see why the sequel failed to reach the $100 million debut that was expected prior to Captain America 2’s release.  Sony still has one more week to reign before Godzilla hits theatres.  Next week’s highest profile debut, the comedy Neighbors, is projected to bring in between $35 and $40 million and should therefore not threaten Spider-Man’s first place dominance.

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  • Tom

    The actually really good Winter Soldier opening bigger than Soulless Corporate Product-Man 2 is a nice surprise. Glad to see quality triumph over dreck even if it’s only a few million more.

    • eternalozzie

      I enjoyed Cap 2 but it had 2 too many car chases in

    • Steven

      Acting like Winter Soldier is any less of a commercial mainstream movie than Spiderman is just stupid.

      There’s a bloody Nick Fury broadband advert in the UK. Amazing Spiderman 2 was terrific btw.

    • TWS=Only Good Marvel Movie

      Yeah, that’d nice if soulless products like Iron Man 3, and The Avengers made less as well. Not to mention Thor 2 made almost as much and was completely phoned in.

    • pro346

      People act like mcu movies are the most amazing movies in history….Cap 1 was terrible no mention of the holocaust instead we get pc Nazis and laser guns. Sounds like a movie made by a soulless corporation but hey aren’t they all

      • 97point6

        Given a few months, nearly all of these movies are unwatchable on the second viewing. Can’t understand why Sony takes all the heat and the other corps get a free pass for delivering the same product. Didn’t Sony distribute the original SM2 ?

      • milo

        The same product? Please.

  • James

    I dont understand how they can say it made $92 million. I mean the day is not over yet, it’s 2:23 PM (est) as I type this. There is a whole day left!

    • AdamK

      Lol, because these weekend estimates include the projected Sunday numbers. Box Office behaves in a general pattern so when actuals come out tomorrow it will be off by more than a $1-2M at most.

  • eternalozzie

    How is 92 million less than stellar ???

    • AdamK

      In general it’s pretty good but relative to the Spider-Man franchise its showing a decline in interest which is not good.

      • YodaRocks

        I would have wanted even lower numbers, but who’d miss a chance to give money to a multi-billion dollar enterprise, out to milk every penny out of a bad idea.

      • The Flobbit

        It can’t decline fast enough, in my opinion.

    • milo

      92M would be a solid opening, it’s close to what Cap 2 made. But based on the word of mouth and audience reactions, it’s not going to hold well in coming weekends. Plus Godzilla and Xmen coming up will be tough competition, it really only gets one more weekend without another blockbuster out.

      This will be lucky to make 250M, supposedly it cost 255M to make. It should do fine based on overseas markets but an underwhelming domestic total is inevitable. Reminds me of Pirates 4, it would never have got a sequel based just on domestic numbers but made up for it overseas. Still, Sony can’t keep raising the budgets on these and expect to release a Spidey or spinoff film every year or two.

      • MJ

        I think it will be lucky to break $40M next weekend. If it doesn’t, it wont ever break $200M domestic.

        My prediction — this movie will only bring in $190M in it’s domestic run.

        The U.S./Canada audience is not being fooled by this piss-poor Sony product.

  • aceshigh

    The Spider Man character deserves so much better than this dreck.

    ASM2 was pretty embarrassing. I feel bad for Garfield and Stone because they try their damnedest to make it work, but the screenplay was an incoherent abomination.

    And what a waste of great actors like Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti. None of them are given anything particularly interesting to do.

    • Ridge

      Amen brother (or sister)… Amen

    • Ridge

      Amen brother (or sister)… Amen

    • MJ

      Well said

  • scurvy

    If someone posted on here 10 years ago that a spiderman movie would open lower than a captain America movie, they would have been excoriated. What a time we live in!

  • DEADP00L

    92 million is a horrible opening, their projections were like the movie itself — bloated. The people and fans, are speaking with their wallets and studios need to start listening; because it’s their loss not the peoples nor the fans. They’d rather never have a super hero movie, than to have a super hero movie that doesn’t have anything to say or give back to the audience.

    The audience wants a reason to watch a movie not watch a movie for no reason.

    This is actually great news for all of us.

    • 97point6

      I agree somewhat with your points and frustrations. However, it is your assessment that is bloated. The real news is – there will be a AS3 in approx. two years. Sorry.

      • MJ

        Yea, that’s all we should care about — did it do well enough for them to make another crapfest movie. Getting to AS3 is the only goal.

      • 97point6

        Quite the opposite. The general tenure and wishes of those critical of the movie is that they do NOT generate enough profit to seed the third installment. That’s what you guys have been harping about for the last week. My point is that your argument is now made moot by the numbers generated this weekend. Here’s the facts going into this weekend and now coming out of this weekend: Spider Man is Sony’s franchise and will stay Sony’s property far into the future. It’s a done deal. For whatever reason you can’t wrap your minds around, the general public is more than willing to slap $10-18 bucks down and spend some two hours watching this iteration of the web-slinger. Why care so much about something you cannot change?

      • MJ

        You just proved my point for me. You are the one who is not getting it. The international audience will pay for CGI crapfests, and that is just what they will now get again in ASM 3. If it wasn’t for the international audience, there would not be an ASM3, because this movie is going to drop business domestically next weekend like you will not believe, my friend.

        The U.S./Canada audience is not as easily fooled.

      • DEADP00L

        It was slated for a trilogy that’s old news. What they are going to find is not what they are expecting. Sorry.

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  • James

    I don’t know what to say. I went and seen ASM2 this morning and I enjoyed it. Was it perfect? No. I actually felt it was too long and very incoherent (as far as a story arc). I also thought the villains were weak. (I don’t believe there has been a ‘great’ villian yet in any Spider-man film. Doc Ock was the best IMO though) With that being said, at the end of the day it’s a movie. Only a movie. Made to entertain and let people go and shut their brains off for a few hours (at least in a film like this, summer blockbuster) and have a good time. I don’t need to sit back after seeing this type of film and dissect it to death. These types of films are not out to be award contenders or take themselves too seriously. They are made to entertain (as most films are) and thats what I got out of this, entertainment. Even though I felt it was over-long, I never found myself bored. I really liked the chemistry once again between Garfield and Stone also with his scenes with Sally Field. I thought the action was well done and I absolutely loved Hans Zimmer’s score, one of my favorite pieces of the film.

    • BigJimSlade

      “I actually felt it was too long and very incoherent (as far as a story
      arc). I also thought the villains were weak. (I don’t believe there has
      been a ‘great’ villian yet in any Spider-man film. Doc Ock was the best
      IMO though) With that being said, at the end of the day it’s a movie.
      Only a movie.”
      ~~~

      You capture a lot of why many people are disappointed: this is what Hollywood keeps pumping out and people keep lining up for it. It was an uninspired product to sell tickets. Nothing more.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        Hollywood can churn out some good stuff, just look at Cap 2 for instance – this case, Sony feels desperate for $ and this new Spider-Man expanded universe just feels like an afterthought once ASM2 had already gone into production. I thought it was a bit better than the first one, but than again I don’t have any inclination to see that movie again.

  • Bob

    Less than stellar? Over 90 million at the box office. That’s stellar enough. We have to stop judging on expectations and start recognizing that any movie reaping nearly 100 million domestically (and there is nothing wrong with a B+ cinemascore) and over 300 million worldwide is certainly stellar enough for any film.

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      It’s expectations have to do with a cramped summer season. for a movie that had a $250million+ production budget on top of an astronomical marketing budget that’s kind of a hard hit to not get past 100 domestically.

      • Bob

        It was a 200million plus production budget (no need to inflate it) and with over 300 milion in the coffers aready I am sure there are no tears being shed over the results. A domestic 92 million opening weekend is nothing to sneeze at.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        Perhaps, but when you have to double or more the production budget for marketing – that’s pretty much a universal truth for big budget tent-pole films – Im not saying $92million isn’t bad… but when you compare it to even Spider-Man 2′s opening of $88million 10 years ago without the aid of large format or 3D ticket prices… 92million is less than impressive. Butts in seats count more than anything. Its real test will be next weekend, if it drops more than 60% ahead of Godzilla and X-men that’s tough.

      • Bob

        That I agree with.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        I want it to do well, I really do. I love the cast, but I thought this movie was just okay. Better than the last one – which is a good sign at least. It’s the whole expanded Spider-Man universe thing that’s got me a bit worried – they’re spending more and more for eh-okay returns and reception from fans.

      • milo

        Deadline reported the budget was $255M. Assuming that’s the real budget it’s not a terrible opening but it’s an underwhelming one.

      • Bob

        There are various reports of the budget from various sources. Variety stated that the 250 milion estimation was a bit higher than the actual amount. Again it has already made over 325 million dollars worldwide so even at 250 million it is certainly a successful investment. We have to start realizing that studios are no longer only factoring domestic gross into their box office goals. These films are made with the foreign markets in mind as well. This investment has already paid off handsomely and it hasn’t even opened in all the markets yet.

      • MJ

        There is not a 1:1 relationship between gross receipts and profits. A typical movie needs to make about 2.5 times the amount of $ spent on production/marketing to be successful. I suspect the large $250M figure we are hearing includes both production plus marketing — that is why it sounds high. Given that, the movie will need to gross about $625M worldwide before the profits start coming in.

  • YodaRocks

    Very surprised by performance of “Heaven is for Real”.

    • 97point6

      Thanks for drawing attention to this. In all the noise this could be the real news today.

  • Steven

    Loved The Amazing Spiderman 2. Don’t understand the hate its getting.

    • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

      I have to agree. I loved it. I’m not trying to say it was perfect, but for me it was the best Spider-Man yet and by far the closest to the comics. I really don’t get all the Tobey and Kirsten series love in comparison. The first Amazing Spider-Man was a little rough for me, but this one improved drastically. I can’t wait for the next one.

      • Kpaqu1

        Closest to the comics? Depends on which comics you’re comparing it to. Certainly not what I read.

      • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

        What Spider-Man movie do you think best fits the comics? I’m honestly curious. I’ve read Spider-Man my whole life. I will agree that Raimi’s probably best fit the early Spidey of the 60′s, but for any Spider-Man titles past the 60′s, this was the closest fit. Definitely the closest to Bendis and Bagley’s original run on Ultimate Spider-Man. By that I mean tone and character of Peter, not storyline obviously. I welcome any other opinions though.

      • 97point6

        Absolutely. For better, or worse, this movie came closest to capturing the magic of what I found in the books. It’s been decades since, but I bought every issue back then from #9-#50. I agree with points taken but I’m willing to overlook the rough spots and enjoy the rest.

      • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

        What Spider-Man movie do you think best fits the comics? I’m honestly curious. I’ve read Spider-Man my whole life. I will agree that Raimi’s probably best fit the early Spidey of the 60′s, but for any Spider-Man titles past the 60′s, this was the closest fit. Definitely the closest to Bendis and Bagley’s original run on Ultimate Spider-Man. By that I mean tone and character of Peter, not storyline obviously. I welcome any other opinions though.

      • Kpaqu1

        Closest to the comics? Depends on which comics you’re comparing it to. Certainly not what I read.

      • The Flobbit

        Best Spider-Man movie yet? You just commited high sacrilege, boy!

      • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

        Haha, I realize most people swear by Doc Ock and Spider-Man 2, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I just can’t get past Tobey and Dunst. The movie is entertaining but as a life long reader and Spidey fan, it didn’t feel right. I prefer ASM2.

      • Steven

        I would put the originally Raimi Spiderman as my favourite one with The Amazing Spiderman 2 coming after it.

      • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

        Haha, I realize most people swear by Doc Ock and Spider-Man 2, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I just can’t get past Tobey and Dunst. The movie is entertaining but as a life long reader and Spidey fan, it didn’t feel right. I prefer ASM2.

      • The Flobbit

        Best Spider-Man movie yet? You just commited high sacrilege, boy!

      • Amanda

        I agree. I don’t even like Spider-Man the character mainly because of the first 3 movies, which just caused me to dislike anything spider-man related, possibly from over exposure. But, I was curious by the new ones the first really enjoyed it and the second has made me wishing for more. I mean it didn’t make me feel specifically near the end. But still i think it holds up it did just as well as Capt America 2 in my opinion.

  • MJ

    Someone has to say it. Many moviegoers from foreign markets are just plain morons — they are proping up bad movies like ASM2, and are thus causing Hollywood to take note that they really don’t have to deliver a good genre movie. All that many foreign moviegoers apparently need to be happy is a CGI crapfest with Dolby Atmos.

    • 97point6

      And domestically, we sip chardonnay and limit ourselves to obscure indie films?

      • MJ

        Well this movie is NOT doing so great domestically. They did like $150M in marketing to try to get a plus $100M opening weekend, which they did not achieve. And this thing is going to drop faster than Lance Armstrong on roids next weekend.

      • milo

        His point is that US audiences don’t flock to every movie that is action and effects heavy but otherwise bad (some do well but not all). Overseas, visuals seem to trump story and characters. Maybe that’s not surprising since the movies are dubbed anyways.

      • MJ

        E X A C T L Y ! ! !

  • doc

    This movie was far from perfect. Max was a combo Jim Carrey from The Cable Guy and Jim Carrey from Batman Forever. Harry’s heel turn was basically Anikan’s turn in Episode 3. And as far as unnecessary scenes, the two planes almost crashing into each other/ air traffic control scene was straight out of Batman Begins and could have been cut entirely. It added nothing to the power plant fight. Also, The Goblin fight happening just after the Electro fight was too much. Harry turned into a villain because the plot needed him to so that (spoilers) Gwen could get killed off the way she was in the comics. That should have waited for ASM 3. Sony (I don’t blame Marc Webb, the character moments were great) is in such a rush the get a Sinister 6 movie that it’s sacrificing what could have been an awesome movie into an overstuffed CGI fest.

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