Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man 3 exploded into conventional theaters and IMAX, smashing the opening weekend record previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($135.6 million). Spidey earned an incredible $148 million in a record 4,252 theaters domestically, which also resulted in the biggest average per theater ever - $34,807. Spider-Man 2 opened to $88.1 million in 2004 and Spider-Man to $114.8 million in 2002.
On Friday, the third film broke the records for biggest opening day and single day, making $59 million compared to "Dead Man's Chest's" $55.8 million opening day.
The Sam Raimi-directed film added $227 million from May 1st through today internationally as well, bringing the worldwide total to $375 million! The studio is said to have spend $258 million on the production of the movie and another $100 million on the marketing.
The movie has also claimed the largest gap domestically between 1st place and 2nd place ever. DreamWorks' Disturbia earned $5.7 million in second place for its fourth weekend, so the difference between the two is $143.3 million, or 96.14%.
Written by Alvin Sargent, Spider-Man 3 stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell and Rosemary Harris.
Source: Box Office Mojo, Variety