Studio's crown jewel franchise will have three installments through 2018
With Disney and Fox already laying claim to primo release dates far in advance, Sony has decided to join the dating game, with the next two “Spider-Man” installments set to bow June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.
Production on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ” already is underway in New York. Pic is slated to open May 2, 2014.
“Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years,” said Jeff Blake, Sony’s worldwide marketing and distribution chief.
The June berth will be only the second time a “Spider-Man” film has bowed that month after “Spider-Man 2″ scored an $88 million domestic opening in 2004. Sony went with the June date because Disney already laid claim to the first weekend in May 2016 with an untitled Marvel film.
Sony likely jumped on the May 4-6, 2018 weekend before any other studio (ahem, Disney) nabs the date.
The studio’s first “Spider-Man” reboot launched Fourth of July weekend last year, earning $137 million in its first six days domestically. The film, from helmer Marc Webb (who’s returning to direct the sequel), wound up grossing a substantial $750 million worldwide.