HOLLYWOOD — Warner Bros./Village Roadshow phenom “The Matrix Reloaded” has etched another new entry in box office record books, with the action sequel now staking its claim as the biggest first-week grosser.
“Reloaded” rung up $151.9 million through Tuesday in its first six days of domestic release, which included some latenight previews May 14. That surpassed the previous first-week record, “Spider-Man’s” $151.6 million.
“It also got to $150 million more quickly than any other picture previously,” noted Warner domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman.
Performance stoked continued good vibes on the Warner lot headed into the important Memorial Day frame. Execs were already giddy after “Reloaded” posted the best initial four days for a movie release — at $134.3 million through Sunday — and the second-biggest opening weekend, at $91.8 million.
Now, pic’s $10.1 million gross on Monday and $7.5 million perf Tuesday shows good momentum as “Reloaded” heads into the holiday sesh. Competish will include Universal’s bowing “Bruce Almighty” and Warners’ own opener “The In-Laws.”