‘Spider-Man 3’ returns for seconds

As “Spider-Man 3” swings into the multiplexes for its second weekend, there’s one record the box office-shattering film looks unlikely to break: biggest opening week ever. As of Wednesday, “Spider-Man 3” was riding at an estimated $176.1 million. But last year, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” sailed to $196 million in its first week of release. That gives the wallcrawler precious little time to make up ground after handily snatching other major records, including biggest domestic and worldwide opening weekends. But whether or not Spidey is able to crack that biggest week number, he’s sure to leave the competition in the dust again after eviscerating last weekend’s only other wide opener, “Lucky You.” Attempting to enter the multiplexes’ sticky web this weekend will be Universal dramedy “Georgia Rule” — in a wide 2,523 theaters — as well as Fox’s sci-fi sequel “28 Weeks Later,” opening in 2,303. The webslinger has just one more weekend with such little competition before Paramount and DreamWorks roll out “Shrek the Third.” Lionsgate has decided to go less wide this weekend with comedy “Delta Farce,” booking the film into 1,800 locations, and MGM takes the Weinstein Co.’s “The Ex,” starring Zach Braff and formerly known as “Fast Track,” into 1,009. Latter, actually produced by 2929 Prods., was briefly released last year. In limited release, Samuel Goldwyn heads out with “Blind Dating” and ThinkFilm rolls with “The Hip Hop Project.”

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