Sony didn’t waste any time thanking the troops for the historic success of “Spider-Man” — which caught an unprecedented $114.8 million in its box office web, according to Monday’s official tallies.
First there was milk and webbed cookies all around as employees arrived at work Monday morning at the Culver City lot. And if that was a poor (if more appropriate) substitute for champagne, workers’ enthusiasm bubbled over for the additional word that their Independence Day holiday would be stretched by an early end-of-day shutdown of offices on July 3 and an extra vacation day on July 5.
For the coup de grace, Sony Corp. of America topper Howard Stringer turned to Shakespeare. Leaving aside the question of why congrats for “Spider-Man” would put Sir Howard in mind of The Bard, here are excerpts from his companywide email to employees:
“The day is called the feast of Spider-Man:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand tiptoe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Spider-Man …
Calley the King, Pascal and Raimi
Laura and Tobey, Kirsten and Blake
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered,
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Parker-Spider-Man shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the end of the world …”
Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman John Calley also offered an e-missive congrats to workers. There was no Elizabethan English involved.