“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” is now officially on track not to embarrass itself.
That was not a given, as some industry observers wondered whether the fourth Spidey film — and the second Peter Parker origin story in a decade — would become box-office road kill in a superhero-saturated season. “The Avengers” has grossed more than a billion dollars globally, and “The Dark Knight Rises” (opening July 20) threatens to do the same.
The good news for Sony’s latest “Spider-Man” (which opened Tuesday) is that the film grossed $7.5-million from midnight screenings — roughly matching the total that 2007’s “Spider-Man 3” took in en route to a $151-million opening weekend.
The caveats, of course: “Amazing Spider-Man” benefits from some jacked-up IMAX and 3-D ticket prices, and five years later, midnight showings have only grown as a big draw.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” — which has already grossed more than $50-million overseas — is now projected to gross as much as $120-million for its first six days.
Hardly a monster take, comparatively, for a superhero.
But no embarrassment, either.
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