Proving its record-busting domestic debut was no fluke, Sony’s “Spider-Man” saw similarly Marvel-ous preems in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East over the weekend.
Pic smashed the all-time three-day opening records in Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Lebanon and Jordan.
Its bows in South Korea and Iceland ranked as the industry’s second-highest ever in both, while those in Russia and Yugoslavia were those markets’ third biggest.
“We’re blown away,” Columbia TriStar Intl. senior exec VP Mark Zucker told Daily Variety. “Our openings across a lot of territories are the equivalent of what’s happened in the U.S.” Zucker added, “We’re sure that news of its domestic success will increase our business around the world.”
The comicbook hero played by Tobey Maguire commanded an estimated $10.6 million from 700 prints in 17 countries. That tally does not include the $2.7 million the pic earned in three days of previews on 420 screens in Japan during the Golden Week vacation, setting the stage for a massive launch there on Saturday.
Among the record-breakers, “Spidey” brought in an estimated $1.36 million on 52 in Singapore; $1.2 million on 164 in Thailand; $1.1 million on just 18 screens in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei; $1.02 million on 52 in Malaysia; and $1.02 million on 50 in the Philippines.
Korea’s $2.67 million haul on 143 was second only behind the three-day bow of “Harry Potter,” while Sony reported Hong Kong’s $1.12 million on 57 was among the territory’s five best preems.
Elsewhere, “Panic Room” landed in the U.K. with a neat $2.8 million estimate in three days on 525 screens, nearly 25% better than the opening of “Erin Brockovich.” Thriller was No. 2 behind the Hugh Grant comedy “About a Boy,” which dipped by a reasonable 30%, pocketing roughly $2.1 million Friday-Saturday and elevating its nine-day market total to a superb $8.9 million.
Sony estimated the Jodie Foster starrer trapped $1.12 million in its soph session in France (bringing the 12-day cume to a respectable $3.4 million), holding well enough to beat rookie “The Scorpion King.” All told, “Room” minted approximately $8.1 million over the weekend, propelling cume to $34.3 million.
After strong runs in Blighty and Spain, “Blade II” led the field in Germany, nabbing a swell $2.7 million in three days on 555 locations.