“Spider-Man” spread his web into Japan and South Africa this weekend to great effect, while some of last weekend’s boffo preems through Asia held strong.
Pic held top spot in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia, opened atop the totem in Japan, and set an opening weekend record in South Africa off the widest release there ever.
Estimated international cume is $34 million from 1,448 screens in 20 countries.
That figure is significantly boosted by Spidey’s Japan take of approximately $6.8 million from 510 screens in two days; when added to last weekend’s sneaks, that should make for an opening weekend of $10 million plus — Sony’s biggest ever. Sony’s previous top opener in Japan was “Men in Black,” which drew a $3.8 million opening weekend and went on to gross almost $38 million.
Columbia TriStar senior exec veep Mark Zucker hopes “Spider” will weave similar numbers. “We’re looking for the magic $10 million so we’ve got a shot at a $100 million, and it’d be one of a handful to do that in Japan,” he said.
In South Africa pic’s three-day opening weekend on 100 screens earned about $500,000 — 16% ahead of the previous record-holder, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” which earned $465,000 off 80 screens.
In some key Asian territories, Spidey defied the pattern of hefty second weekend dropoffs. Two-day weekend estimate in Korea was $2.4 million — a 16% drop; cume is $7.04 million after 10 days.
Taiwan took about $660,000. Cume is $2.15 million for the same period. Hong Kong earned about $690,000, to drop 40%. Singapore’s weekend estimate was $565,000, down 28%. In Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, the dropoffs were more marked, but pic retained the top spot.
In Oz, where “Spider” has not yet opened, Fox hit the jackpot with “High Crimes,” which debuted at No. 1 with about $443,000 from 148 screens. Similarly, in Argentina, pic knocked “A Beautiful Mind” from top spot (in its 12th week).
UIP’s “Mean Machine” didn’t fare well in Oz, returning just $198,000 from 106. Likewise, “The Count of Monte Cristo” debuted in Germany on 301 screens to earn just $247,000.