‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ on Track for $95 Million-Plus Opening

Amazing Spider-man 2

The second superhero blockbuster of the year, Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is on track for a potential $95 million Stateside opening next month.

According to insider estimates, the movie could earn as much as $100 million when it swing into theaters on May 2.

The $95 million estimate would put Sony’s pic more than $30 million ahead of the “The Amazing Spider-Man” and on par with Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which bowed to a record-breaking $96 million last weekend. “The Amazing Spider-Man” went on to gross $752 million worldwide ($262 million domestic).

Sony rebooted the Spider-Man franchise in 2012, five years after the mega-success of Sam Raimi’s trilogy. However, the movie series has grossed less so far with Andrew Garfield as Spidey. Each of the Tobey Maguire-starring “Spider-Man” movies earned more during their opening weekends and overall, both Stateside and worldwide, than “Amazing Spider-Man.” The final chapter of Raimi’s franchise made $151 million when it opened on May 4, 2007. It hauled $891 worldwide ($337 million domestic).

If the $95 million projection pans out, “Amazing Spider-Man 2” could be on track, appropriately enough, with 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” which debuted to $88 million (the lowest of the three pics) and commanded a strong $784 million worldwide. The two movies also reportedly have matching $200 million budgets.

BoxOffice.com is projecting a much bolder $112 million opening and $265 million domestic cume.

Although “Winter Soldier” started the summer blockbuster season early in April, the covered first weekend in May is historically the best time to launch a comic book movie. “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3” had the two biggest domestic openings ever when they debuted during that time frame in 2012 and 2013, respectively, demanding $207.4 and $174.1 million.

Before 2012, only two other movies became summer box office champions after opening that weekend: “Spider-Man 3” in 2007 and “Spider-Man” in 2002.

The franchise, which is Sony’s answer to Disney’s yet unbeatable Marvel movies and Warner Bros.’ DC Comics adaptations, shows no signs of slowing down. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” will go into production next fall and will be released on June 10, 2016. The fourth installment is scheduled for May 4, 2018. At least two of the sequels will focus on the infamous villains Sinister Six and Venom.

Drew Goddard is in negotiations to direct the Sinister Six movie as Webb will sign off after the third movie.

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  1. Lin says:

    @John – On what planet? TASM series Andrew’s Peter and Spider-Man are more accurately derived from the comics, especially his Queens wise ass schtick compared to the “Oh Golly Gee!” facade from Tobey in the Raimi films. I just watched those yesterday and they DO NOT age well (the only decent portrayal came from Alfred Molina as Doc).

    It’s no surprise The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would do well, like it or not. He may not be a part of the MCU but Spider-Man is still arguably the most recognized name of the Marvel brand all around since his character films existed long before Marvel Studios developing their own successful films.

  2. Ross CMR says:

    I heard that this track is going to be in the movies soundtrack! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqXjt5WFPgc
    No doubt its going to be a good film

  3. Jack. says:

    So what your saying is we can expect these horrible film far into the future.

  4. Chelsea says:

    Great, can’t wait to see this movie just finished watching the premiere in London on yahoo movie site after watching it wish I was there watching it with cast members they all was looking great on the red carpet.

  5. John says:

    The Sam Raimi series always left you wanting more. You left them thinking “can’t wait till the next one”.

    The new re-boot spider-man? Could care less if they did a second movie.

  6. Spike says:

    the only question is: when will the fanboys tire of this 200 million dollar pap? think how many great films could be done with the 200 million. does Sony care. not a whit.

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