The Amazing Spider-Man had a spectacular weekend, no doubt about it. With $65 million for the three-day weekend and $140 million in the six days since it opened last Tuesday, it was easily the #1 movie over the Independence Day holiday in the United States. Overseas the picture is even brighter, with an additional $200 million grossed that gives it a total of $341 million-- already more than recent releases like Snow White and the Huntsman or poor old Battleship.

But you know what's even crazier? The Amazing Spider-Man, intended to relaunch the franchise and make Spider-Man the biggest superhero in the world all over again, is already running behind every single other Spider-Man film that came before it. Box Office Mojo has put the numbers together in a handy chart, and only accounts for The Amazing Spider-Man's three-day opening-- which is really the only fair way to do it, since a six-day weekend is kind of absurd. The $65 million netted by the newest Spider-Man film is a pittance compared to the other three films, which are topped by Spider-Man 3's $151 million debut, then Spider-Man with $114 million, and Spider-Man 2 with $88 million (that's an interesting historical aberration, for the second to have the smallest opening, but that's for another article).

Of course, it's unfair to compare the start of the new franchise with the peak of an older one-- even the most optimistic Sony execs probably didn't expect The Amazing Spider-Man to top Spider-Man 3, and in a year where would-be franchises like John Carter and Battleship have tanked entirely, it's good just to see your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man take a weekend victory. But I'm curious-- what is it that made this movie less of a must-see than the original Spider-Man franchise opener ten years ago? What's changed? Let us know in the comments, and if you saw The Amazing Spider-Man, let us know what you thought of it.

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