We all knew that "Spider-Man 2" would have a very healthy opening weekend, it was just a question of how healthy. Wednesday saw an impressive bow for the film, bringing in over $40 million that day alone. According to Reuters, Sony Pictures announced on Monday the film took in $180.1 million dollars in its first six days of release, a new record for a six-day opening, beating the $146.9 million haul taken by "The Matrix Reloaded" last year.
Box office comparisons to the first film are difficult to make. "Spider-Man" opened on a non-holiday weekend in May of 2002 and started its run with late Thursday showings. According to Reuters, for the three-day period from this past Friday to Sunday, "Spider-Man 2" earned $88.3 million. On the other hand, "Spider-Man" opened with a record-breaking $114.8 million its first three days. The addition of the Monday holiday in the US drove "Spider-Man 2" to a $115.8 million dollar box office over four days. The film seems poised to break $200 million by Wednesday, which would be another record breaker.
"Spider-Man 2" is one of the bright spots in a summer that's been disappointing for film companies. While "Shrek 2" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" have been big hits, other high profile releases such as Universal's "Van Helsing" and "The Chronicles of Riddick," Warner Brothers' "Troy" and Disney's "Around the World in 80 Days" have been huge disappointments.
The above numbers for "Spider-Man 2" are based on estimates, with final numbers set to be released Tuesday.
"Spider-Man 2" opens in Germany, Japan and Britain next week. The first film did not meet Sony's expectations in those countries, so the company has increased their marketing efforts in those markets for "Spider-Man 2."
Full estimates, and shortly actual receipts, can be found at BoxOfficeMojo.com