May traditionally marks the start of the summer blockbuster season. This weekend The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swung into theaters to kick things off, but depending on how you look at it, the first sequel in the rebooted franchise either got things started with a bang or a pop.
After spending two weeks raking in $277 million elsewhere in the world, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 banked $92 million domestically on its opening weekend. That's certainly a solid number, even by top tier super hero movie standards, and it's the second highest debut weekend of the year so far, just a bit behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and its $95 million opening four weekends ago.
But it's not much of an improvement against its predecessor and still well below Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, the first go-round for the franchise. The first Amazing Spider-Man had a first-five day total (it opened on a Tuesday, deflating its opening weekend) of just under $120 million. This sequel will struggle to match that five-day total and is set to fall short of its predecessor's $262 million domestic total.
The openings of the new rebooted films are even weaker when compared with Raimi's original trilogy, all of which had five-day opening totals between $130 million and $170 million and domestic totals over $300 million. For even more perspective, remember those totals were earned back when ticket prices were lower and sales numbers weren't boosted by 3D prices.
After four weekends in the top two, The Winter Soldier dropped to number four, adding just $7 million to its $237 million total. It has already sailed past the first Captain America movie's $176 million domestic total, but is still shy of the top earner so far this year, The Lego Movie with its $252 million to date.
Heaven is for Real held on to third place with $8.7 million. At $65 million it pushed past Son of God and God's Not Dead as the highest grossing religious movie released so far this year.
For the full weekend top ten breakdown, check out the chart below: