'Spider-Man' continues an amazing run

Mon, May 13th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

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[Spider-Man]Last weekend "Spider-Man" debuted in theaters to record numbers. It captured the prize for biggest opening weekend in history and is the only film to hit the $100 million dollar mark in its opening weekend. This weekend "Spider-Man's" wild ride continued.

According to BoxOfficeMojo.com "Spider-Man" picked up an estimated $72 million in receipts this past weekend, down just 37% from last weekend's take of $114 million. Most major films in wide release fall 50% to 60% in it's second week, so the relatively small drop from last weekend is a very good sign for the longevity of the film. In addition to its opening weekend records, "Spider-Man" set the record for fastest movie to hit $200 million by hitting that mark on Saturday, it's ninth day in release. "Spider-Man" has already earned $223.6 million. Here are a few more stats for you to chew on:

  • "Spider-Man" is now the top grossing film of 2002, easily passing the $170 million earned by "Ice Age."

  • "Spider-Man" currently stands at the 29th position on the all time earners chart between "Rush Hour 2" and "Mrs. Doubtfire."

  • Current estimates see "Spider-Man" earning $390 million dollars domestically which would make it the fifth highest grossing film ever and securing it a spot in the Top 40 for a good, long time.

  • The weekends second biggest earner, the Richard Gere thriller "Unfaithful," earned $14.2 million in it's opening weekend. While that number is quite respectable, especially for an R rated film, to put it in perspective "Spider-Man" pulled in more than the entire weekends take for "Unfaithful" on Friday alone.

With "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" opening next weekend it'll be interesting to see how "Spider-Man" does in its third weekend at the box office. Could we be looking at one of the biggest movie going weekends ever?

In other Spidey film news, the soundtrack to "Spider-Man" is also tearing up the charts. The soundtrack for the Marvel Comics adaptation featuring songs by artists The Strokes, Macy Gray, Pete Yorn, Aerosmith and Danny Elfman sold 112,200 units its first week, debuting at number four on album sales charts. Comparing that to another soundtrack currently on the charts, "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" debuted in sixth place last week moving 73,000 units.

 
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