Variety has a new report on how Spider-Man 2 is doing at the international box office.
Sony’s “Spider-Man 2″ slung $50.9 million overseas from 6,723 prints in 50 territories over the weekend, lifting its 12-day international cume to $113.9 million – only $305 million from matching the foreign gross of the original even though most key European markets haven’t yet opened including the U.K., Spain and France.
As for the blockbuster of the moment, the $50 million-plus weekend for “Spider-Man 2″ repped the largest frame ever for a pic released by Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl. “I feel confident that we are going to beat the final gross for the original,” said Mark Zucker, senior execexec veepveep of CTFDI.
“Spider-Man 2″ led in its openings Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Greece, South Africa, Jamaica and Kenya. Its $10 million take in Japan was the distrib’s biggest ever; the $250,000 debut in Jamaica was the largest opener ever for that market.
Holdover business for the web-slinger stayed solid, with Argentine receipts off 13%, Brazil biz down 17%, Indonesia off 25%, and New Zealand and Venezuela both down 27%. “Spider-Man 2″ has eclipsed the total cume of “Spider-Man”"Spider-Man” in five territories — Russia, where it needed six days to top the original; the Philippines with seven days; Turkey with 10 days; Thailand with 11 days; and Malaysia with 12 days.
The opening of “Spider-Man 2″ won head-to-head over “Shrek 2″ in Germany with $8.7 million at 781 screens compared with $6.9 million at 890 sites for the ogre sequel in its soph sesh.
Add the international $113.9 million to the sequel’s $256.4 million domestic figure and you get a massive total of $370.3 million.