The box office report this weekend had a rare eighth-ranked wrinkle in it as a rebooted superhero film trying to make a name for itself has toppled yet another important barrier a full month following its theatrical debut. Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man banked $4.3 million for the period of August 3-5 which puts its domestic total past $250 million, becoming the fourth film in the franchise to breach the milestone.
While it is abundantly clear that there is no real chance that the feature could join its predecessors in the $300 million club, coming close to that mark is a relative win for Sony who rebooted the flick with the hopes that Spider-Man fans would accept their plan to go grittier. Thanks to strong admiration for the new version’s choice to showcase a high level of character develop, the movie managed to have a fairly decent theatrical run both domestic and abroad.
The foreign recognition of The Amazing Spider-Man did not skip a beat as the movie is now above $412 million from overseas markets, making the blockbuster the third ranked movie in the franchise on that level. It is completely within the realm of possibility that this latest iteration could still pass Spider-Man’s $418 million and place second in the category, but first remains out of the question at this point in time as that figure stands at above half a billion.
Globally, The Amazing Spider-Man currently ranks fourth with $663 million, and it will likely stay that way as the worst performing Sam Raimi Spider-Man banked $120 million more on that scale. No one is going to be too upset at that as some were anticipated box office doom for this retread just two months ago.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently in the works with the Star Trek tandem of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci writing the script. Sony has placed the movie at the start of the summer blockbuster season two years from now on May 2, 2014. The effort does not have a director locked in just yet, but the studio hopes it can find a way to allow Webb to continue what he started.