The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits $92 million on US debut
Story by Jack Foley
THE Amazing Spider-Man 2 may not have broken any records for its US debut but it did hit a healthy $92 million on its opening weekend.
The figure meant that the superhero sequel, which sees Andrew Garfield reprising his role as Peter Parker, enjoyed the seventh best May opening of all-time. It is also the second best opening of the year after another Marvel title, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which hit $95 million in April).
In addition to seeing the return of leading man Garfield and leading lady Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (again directed by the aptly named Marc Webb) also stars Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Spider-Man’s friend turned nemesis, and Paul Giamatti as The Rhino.
Internationally, where the film has been debuting over the past two weekends, the sequel pulled in another $116 million to take its world-wide gross to date to $369 million, pacing ahead of the first film and easily surpassing the $200 million-plus it cost to make.
In China, the film took $10.4 million, the top gross ever for a designated work day (a Sunday).
Commenting on the results, Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said: “What made this weekend so unique and special was that we had a terrific opening in the US, but the picture has now opened worldwide, and on every continent, we enjoyed stunning results.”
Elsewhere in the US top five, Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman slipped to second in its sophomore weekend, taking $14.2 million for a US total of $47.3 million.
And Christian film Heaven Is For Real continued the current hot streak being enjoyed by religious movies by holding onto third with $8.7 million for a total of $65.6 million (despite a modest budget).
The aforementioned Captain America sequel, Winter Soldier, also showed little sign of fatigue, grossing $7.8 million for a fourth-place finish and a new US total of $237.1 million. Internationally, the film has now also reached $442.7 million for a world-wide total of $679.8 million – way, way ahead of the original.
Completing the top five, meanwhile, was animated sequel Rio 2, which crossed the $100 million mark in its fourth weekend, grossing $7.6 million for a US total of $106.5 million.