Make all the web analogies you want, “Spider-Man 3” stuck it to the B.O. worldwide in the debut of the third installment of the Sony and Marvel character saga.
When all the coin was counted, pic had taken in $382 million worldwide, giving the webslinger all sorts of records to crow over.
“Spider-Man 3” was the biggest worldwide opening ever, with $375 million, and also biggest overseas opening weekend, at more than 8,900 theaters abroad, taking in $231 million in international ticket sales.
Adding to the record books, pic posted the biggest single day in global ticket sales on its first Saturday, with $117,631,328 in receipts.
Pic worked virtually everywhere it played, across continents: Internationally, pic was No. 1 in all 107 territories in which it debuted and saw the biggest weekend ever in 29 markets — three more than had been estimated — including Japan, South Korea, China, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.
If it wasn’t the biggest-ever weekend — in territories such as Germany — it still was the year’s best start.
Spidey sent Europe’s summer sesh off to a blazing start.
But Japanese biz was the highest, at $26.6 million for three days, followed by the U.K., with $23.6 million.
In Japan over six days, “Spider-Man 3” broke the ¥3 billion ($25.2 million) barrier, setting a B.O. record for a Hollywood pic there. Opening May 1 on 807 screens in Japan, “Spidey 3” recorded $26.8 million in its first six days of release.
That compared with $14.4 million for “Spider-Man” and $13.7 million for “Spider-Man 2” in the same period.
Pic also bested Sony’s own 2006 tentpole “The Da Vinci Code,” which scored 19.7 million in its first six days and finished its Japan run with $76 million.
In the U.K., Spidey took $23.6 million at 522 screens in its opening.
That marked the second best three-day figure ever, trailing only “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which did $29.9 million in 2005.
Spidey kept minting money even after the weekend was over in Blighty, posting the biggest-ever Monday there, with $8.4 million.
In Italy, “Spider-Man 3” followed up on its record-breaking $4 million first day (May 1) with a prolific $13.3 million in its first six days.
Italo biz in the pic’s first three days smashed the first weekend mark set by Sony’s “The Da Vinci Code,” a phenom there, beating “Code” by 24%.
Global grip of “Spider-Man 3” did not give up in Gaul.
Taking in $21.5 million in its first six days on 850 prints for Gaumont Columbia TriStar, nothing else was in the same universe.
Nicolas Cage’s “Next” has coined $2.8 million for TFM after two frames on 386. Locally, love triangle laffer “J’veux pas que tu t’en ailles” has done so-so for UGC, cuming less than $1.8 million after two frames on 265.
In Germany, “Spider-Man 3” enjoyed the best start of what has so far been a lackluster year.
But the latest installment of the webslinger’s saga failed to break any records in its initial six-day outing in Germany.
Pic took in $13.64 million from 846 locations in the period (May 1-6). By comparison, “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2” garnered $12.6 million and $10.3 million, respectively, in their first four days. Warner’s “300” had until now held the best opening weekend, with $6.78 million, following its April 5 bow.
“(‘Spider-Man 3’) really benefited from the huge marketing campaign and the big premiere in Berlin, which generated tons of press,” noted one exhib, who nevertheless predicted the pic would fall sharply in its second session but retain the top spot, with no major competition in view.
“Most of the big fans turned out to see the film in the first week. Unlike the second film, this one has not been getting such great reviews or word of mouth, and that will certainly affect its long-term prospects.”
“Spider-Man 3’s” boffo opening helped propel Germany’s total box office more than 200% over the previous week to $19.1 million.
In Spain, “Spider-Man 3’s” opening weekend debut of $10.8 million at 758 trails only “The Da Vinci Code” ($11.8 million) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($11.7 million) in the all-time charts.
Spanish bow was significantly above expectations, but bookers report that Spidey word of mouth is only lukewarm.
Other notable territories were Australia, which took in $7.8 million in “Spider-Man 3’s” opening frame.
Oh, right. And there were other movies playing, too!
BVI’s “Wild Hogs” and U.K. smash “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” revved to a second-place tie with a distant $4.8 million.
“Shooter” and “Bridge to Terabithia” followed.
(Dave McNary in Los Angeles, Nick Vivarelli in Rome, Matt Griffin in Madrid, Mark Schilling in Tokyo, Ed Meza in Berlin and David Hayhurst in Paris contributed to this report.)