It’s the 4th of July weekend in Hollywood, which means that Americans everywhere are flocking to air conditioned theaters instead of rereading the preamble to the Constitution. That helps explain the frankly astounding opening week for The Amazing Spider-Man which managed to take in $341.2 million internationally and $140 million domestically. The official weekend total in North America comes to $65 million.
For those who are wondering how this compares to the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man franchise, the Andrew Garfield reboot is actually performing below par. The openings for the first three Spider-Man movies starring Maguire were $144.1 million, $180.1 million, and $176.2 million – and those films did not have the benefit of 3D or IMAX ticket prices.
The other films in the top five this weekend included Oliver Stone’s Savages which came in fourth with $16.2 million, opening above expectations but still behind Pixar’s Brave.
And despite mostly positive reviews and fan reactions, Katy Perry: Part of Me opened to a fairly meager $7.2 million.
The top five films this weekend were as follows:
1. The Amazing Spider-Man – $65 million
2. Ted – $32.6 million
3. Brave – $20.2 million
4. Savages – $16.2 million
5. Magic Mike – $15.6 million