The summer movie season has officially begun as Sony Pictures released the sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti, into North American theaters on Thursday night. After taking in $35.5 million on Friday including Thursday previews, it ended up with an opening weekend estimate of $92 million.
That's lower than the openings of previous installments of the "Spider-Man" franchise that opened on the first Friday of May including Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, which kicked things off with a $115 million opening in May 2002, and Spider-Man 3, which set its own opening record with $151.1 million five years later. On the other hand, it's more than the $75 million grossed by 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man in its first three days, opening on the Monday before the 4th of July.
$9.3 million of that opening weekend, roughly 10%, came from the 353 IMAX screens on which it opened, accounting for 16 of the Top 20 runs domestically.
The sequel brought in additional $116 million overseas as it opened in other markets such as Brazil and France ($10.6 million each for the weekend), China (grossing $10.4 million on Sunday in the biggest release in the country's history), India ($6.5 million), The Philippines ($5.6 million) and others which raised its international total to $277 million after three weeks and worldwide total to $369 million. $6.76 million of the international weekend take came from IMAX screenings bringing the film's global IMAX total to over $25 million.
Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney) took fourth place with $7.8 million, just ahead of the animated sequel Rio 2 (20th Century Fox) with $7.6 million. "Captain America" has grossed $237.1 million domestically and another $442.7 million overseas for a worldwide total of $679.8 million. Rio 2 has grossed $107 million in North America since opening last month.
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