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Posted at 10:48 PM ET, 07/06/2012

‘AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’: Film’s fast $58-million start rewards faith in announced trilogy

“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” is not only exceeding box-office projections. It’s also rewarding Sony Pictures’s plans to have the film launch a new Spidey trilogy.

Through the Fourth of July, “Amazing Spider-Man” has grossed $58.3-million domestically and $108-million overall, according to the site BoxOfficeMojo. That has industry observers bumping up their six-day predictions to more than $140-million domestically — at least $20-million more than some pre-opening forecasts.

The box-office performance for the fourth Spidey film in 10 years — and the second origin story in that decade — has supported plans for a new set of sequels. Sony/Columbia announced earlier in the week that director Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” would kick off a whole new trilogy, according to Reuters.

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“Amazing Spider-Man” is a “first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents,” the film’s Facebook page says.


WITH GREAT BOX OFFICE COMES...: Andrew Garfield is standing tall, confident that he — like Tobey Maguire before him -- will wear the Spider suit for his own trilogy of films. (MARIO ANZUONI - REUTERS)

So far, domestically, “Amazing Spider-Man” set a record for biggest Tuesday gross ever ($34.2-million), and followed that with the second-biggest non-debut Wednesday ($23.3-million) — as it begins to silence some critics who said it was too soon to sell a reboot.

Even before Sunday’s six-day numbers, Sony’s box-office senses must be tingling.

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Tags:  spiderman trilogy, amazing spiderman, andrew garfield, marc webb

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