Before opening in the United States, "The Amazing Spider-Man" already scores a massive gross overseas. It has been reported that the Marc Webb-directed superhero movie has successfully pocketed an estimated $50.2 million in 13 international markets on its first weekend. "This is a very healthy start," Phil Contrino, BoxOffice.com editor, gushes as quoted by E! News.
The Andrew Garfield-starring Spidey movie also breaks records in several countries. In India, the film becomes the highest-grossing opening ever for a Hollywood movie, while in Korea, it breaks the biggest debut record previously held by "The Avengers". In Japan, meanwhile, the flick dominates nearly all of the country's ticket sales on Saturday and Sunday.
The new version of Spidey movie also bests the international opening for Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" film franchise. In Korea and India, for example, Webb's movie beats the opening gross for Raimi's "Spider-Man 3", while in Vietnam, the film outgrosses the entire run of the Tobey Maguire-starring Spidey movies.
Regarding the successful result, David Mumpower of Box Office Prophets states, "For whatever reason, the [original] Spider-Man trilogy never performed quite as dominantly in the international marketplace." He continues, "For the Amazing Spider-Man to launch like this internationally is a tremendous relief for Sony."
After scoring a big success overseas, "The Amazing Spider-Man" will have to compete domestically when it opens in the United States this Tuesday, July 3.