"The Amazing Spider-Man" swung past the $400-million mark on Wednesday, placing the Columbia Pictures franchise reboot on a course to gross $800 million at the worldwide box office. When combined with Marvel Studios' "The Avengers," comic book-based movies are currently on track to have grossed over $2 billion this summer -- and that's before Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight Rises" has even opened. If anyone at parent company Sony had any doubts about a sequel to director Marc Webb's film, they're surely gone now.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that figure -- roughly $408 million -- includes $159.7 million from a nine-day North American run that began July 3. The film, which stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, raked in $65 million in its first weekend (and $140 million in the six-day Fourth of July holiday frame), topping the 2005 domestic debut of Warner Bros.' own franchise reboot "Batman Begins." The first film in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy opened to the tune of $48.7 million ($57.3 million in 2012 dollars).
By way of comparison, here are the global totals Sam Raimi's previous trilogy: "Spider-Man" grossed $821.7 million in 2002 (about $1 billion in today's dollars); "Spider-Man 2" earned $783.8 million in 2004 ($953.6 million in today's dollars); and "Spider-Man 3" brought in $890.9 million in 2007 (about $1.1 billion in today's dollars).