Sony’s franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t open in North America until Tuesday, July 3, but over the weekend it opened internationally in 13 Asian markets and managed to gross $50.2 million in just three days.
Korea scored $13.4 million on 1,213 screens, the third-highest opening for a Hollywood movie behind the last two “Transformers” movies; it opened 24% higher than Spider-Man 3 and 10% higher than The Avengers.
Japan claimed $11.4 million on 1,092 screens, 84% of that country’s weekend box office.
The $6 million the movie made in India is the biggest opening for a Hollywood film, 74% higher than Spider-Man 3, 73% higher than The Avengers.
The other Asian countries including the Phillippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more also showed huge openings on par with other major blockbusters.
That’s a great start for the reboot that has been questioned by many fans of the comics and the Sam Raimi trilogy and it just goes to show that in many countries, it doesn’t matter who is in the mask as long as it’s called “Spider-Man.” Even so, one can expect that the plans to produce a sequel for the summer of 2014 will continue without hesitation based on this international opening.
Sony’s also celebrating this weekend because their other big summer movie based on a comic book, Men in Black 3, has reached $599.4 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie in that sci-fi comedy franchise.