We did a little bitching over the weekend that international audiences were able to see Marc Webb’s hotly anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man 2 before us. Personally, I was jealous that major foreign territories like the UK, Australia and Mexico were able to take in Spidey’s next adventure before America. Financially, though, the move seems to be working in Sony’s favor.
Webb’s sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, earned $47 million in 14 territories – including $2.3 million from 50 IMAX screens – according to Forbes. The site calls it "the biggest opening of 2014 in those territories," and notes that the UK opening – which posted $15 million – was timed to coincide with the schools’ Easter break.
THR refers to the opening as "massive," noting:
The movie opened on par with The Amazing Spider-Man in its first international territories, and is pacing more than 30 percent ahead of recent blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has now grossed $385.1 million overseas."
Comparisons are tough. Marvel is its own machine, and Webb’s initial Spider-Man was a July 3 release back in 2012. Those who track the U.S. box office know that films that tend to open the annual Summer Blockbuster Season get a bump. In recent years, Iron Man 3 opened to $174.1 million on May 3, 2013; The Avengers steamrolled to $207.4 million on May 4, 2012; and Thor notched $65.7M on May 6, 2011.
How did Webb’s movie break down in the States? It opened to $62 million, going up against Ted in its second week, Oliver Stone’s Savages and Katy Perry’s concert movie, Part of Me. It was an origin story, one that many felt was arriving too soon after Sam Raimi’s franchise. It eventually earned $262 million, and went on to bank $752M worldwide.
How will the sequel fare as it continues to roll out? That’s the big question heading into the summer box-office frame. In his thorough breakdown of superhero franchises, our own Gabe Toro noted that Sony will be paying very close attention to the financial prognosis of the Spider-Man movies because they have mapped out multiple cinematic chapters for the hero and his on-screen antagonists – from Venom to The Sinister Six – for the next few years. And it’s generally noticed that if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets off to a slow start in the U.S., the studio might hesitate, slightly, in terms of the full-steam-ahead approach it has taken to The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and its proposed spinoffs.
So far, though, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is getting off to a solid start. The sequel (finally) will open in U.S theaters on May 2. Are you planning on checking it out?