May 07, 2007 09:25 AM EST
Spider-man Spins Web To Box Office History
Spider-Man 3 has broken all kinds of records this past weekend. It opened this weekend with $148 Million in it's frst three days of showing. This has broken the previous $135.6 Million record, held by Pirates of the
Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest.
It also broke another record held by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest for opening day sales. Spider-Man came in with $59.3 Million on Friday, breaking the $55.8 Million set by Pirates. So far, Spider-Man has brought in over $227 Million in foreign markets as well. The IMAX record, too, was broken, with $4.8 Million domestically. This beat out the $3.6 Million made by "300". "Sam Raimi is a genius," said Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures co-chairman. "I could have never envisioned this. What I was hoping was we would just break the `Spider-Man 1' record. This is beyond my wildest dream."
Studio executives predict that this may be a record breaking summer for the industry. With Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End and Shrek the Third yet to be released, it is safe to say they are correct in that assumption. "If you could imagine the best kickoff to what could be the biggest summer of all time, this is the scenario, this will have a ripple effect on audiences exposed to the marketing for all the other summer films", said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.