New "Spider-Man" comes out swinging in box office win

Sun Jul 8, 2012 2:28pm EDT
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By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The new "Spider-Man" climbed to the top of movie box office charts with weekend sales of $65 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, a smashing debut for the reinvented franchise about a web-slinging superhero.

"The Amazing Spider-Man," starring Andrew Garfield in the role played by Tobey Maguire in three earlier installments, started strong with $7.5 million in midnight sales on Tuesday and remained so through the U.S. Independence Day holiday and the weekend. The 3D film has so far snared $140 million during its domestic run, distributor Sony Pictures said.

The film has generated $341.2 million overall, including $201.6 million in the 70 foreign markets in which it has opened.

Of its worldwide total, more than $24 million has come from showings in IMAX wide-screen theaters, according to Imax.

Earlier in the week, Sony had forecast domestic ticket sales of $130 million for the first six days.

The movie reboots the modern film series that began with 2002's "Spider-Man" and whose three movies netted around $2.5 billion at global box offices for its makers, Marvel Studios and distributor Sony Pictures.

After those earlier films, Sony cut the budget for its fourth installment and replaced Maguire with Garfield, who played a supporting role in Facebook movie "The Social Network,"

The film follows Spider-Man alter-ego Peter Parker in high school as he turns into a crime-fighting superhero. Garfield's real life girlfriend, Emma Stone, plays Parker's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.   Continued...

Actor Andrew Garfield (R) and U.S. actress Emma Stone arrive for the French premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in Paris June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes