Peter Parker may have to reckon with an army of villains in his latest adventure, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a little luckier than that at the theaters. The super sequel, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, has zero opening weekend competition and flexed its muscles appropriately with a mighty $35.5 million Friday from 4,324 locations. That’s an $8,210 per screen average.
Sony’s Spidey earned $8.7 million from late Thursday showings (included in the $35.5 million total), putting it right in between Disney/Marvel’s recent sequels Thor: The Dark World ($7.1 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s ($10.2 million). Despite mixed reviews, the PG-13 rated film played well with audiences who turned out for late Thursday and Friday showings, earning an A- Cinema Score from the under 25 crowd and a B+ overall. The critical and audience discrepancy is not uncommon for a massive super hero movie like this though — especially among those inclined to flock to the theater opening day.
Analysts are predicting an overall weekend take of $92-$97 million, though there is some hope that it could manage to break the $100 million mark. Both scenarios would be good news for Sony and their plans to create a universe of films focused on Spider-Man’s enemies, including the Sinister Six. READ FULL STORY