Monday, May 07, 2007

"Spidey 3" Weekend Snags $148M Domestic

Sony Pictures comic book-to-film "Spider-Man 3", based on the Marvel Comics character, grossed an estimated $148 million in domestic sales over the weekend to break an all-time record, also scoring $227 million in 105 foreign countries to beat previous record-holder "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith."

"It’s the biggest opening ever in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Russia, Italy, Mexico and Brazil," said Sony's Jeff Blake.

"It justifies the expense of a franchise picture like this. And I think it’s a great sign for the summer."

The budget of "Spider-Man 3" was reportedly set at $300 million.

"We knew what this movie was going to cost, and we hoped that it would be successful," Sony chair Amy Pascal said.

"I don’t think any of us thought it would break records the way it has..."

At 2 hours and 20 minutes, "Spider-Man 3" was released on an unprecedented 4,252 screens across North America.

Pascal said there are 'definite plans' to make yet another sequel to the "Spider-Man" movie franchise.

"We’re going to make a lot more," she said.

According to the BBC, three more "Spider-Man" films will go forward.