Spider-Man 3

We just got word from our Sony source that the final Spider-Man 3 opening weekend numbers are BIGGER than first reported.

$151 million Domestic
$231 million International
$382 million Worldwide

That’s $7 million more than originally reported. The film made $3 million more than Sony expected on Sunday in the states. There you have it.

Update: The studio have now released a press release:

Opening Weekend Records Shattered in 29 Countries

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 7 — The world’s moviegoers were
caught in the web of Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man(TM) 3 at the global box
office this weekend as the film grossed $382 million worldwide, the highest
opening ever in motion picture history, it was announced today by Jeff
Blake, vice chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Of that, $231 million
was tallied from international ticket sales, with $151 million coming from
the film’s record-setting debut in North America. Playing in 4,252 domestic
locations, the film took in an average of $35,540 per screen. The film also
unspooled at more than 8,900 locations abroad.
In addition to being #1 for the weekend in all 107 territories around
the world in which it opened, Spider-Man 3 set a new mark for the biggest
weekend of all time in 29 countries, including the United States, Canada,
Japan, South Korea, China, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil. Among its many
accomplishments, the film set new records for the biggest single worldwide
day (Saturday, May 5 – $117,631,328), biggest international opening ($231
million), and biggest worldwide opening ($382 M).
Many of the opening frame records were broken by astounding margins. In
Korea, Spider-Man 3 did three times the business of the previous record
holder (Korean film The Host) and bested the previous-best Hollywood film
(The Matrix Reloaded) by more than four times. In Japan, Spider-Man 3 broke
the old record opening weekend by 44%; in Brazil, by 48%, in Mexico by 37%;
and in Italy, the film beat the previous record holder The DaVinci Code by
24%.
Among the domestic records set by Spider-Man 3 are biggest opening
weekend ($151,116,516), biggest single day (Friday, $59,841,919), and
biggest per-theater average for a wide release ($35,540). The film also set
a new record for the largest domestic gross in IMAX theaters, with $4.8
million.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “This weekend, more than
80% of the moviegoers around the world chose Spider-Man 3 and we couldn’t
be more overwhelmed or elated by the global reception to this movie. We
have always strived to deliver films with great stories that would excite
and entertain audiences and credit for that goes first and foremost to our
filmmakers and cast: director Sam Raimi, our partners at Marvel, our
producers Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Grant Curtis, and our stars Tobey
Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, and Topher
Grace. Spider-Man 3 builds on the first two films and satisfies the
extraordinary expectations of fans everywhere. This was truly a massive
achievement not only for Sony Pictures, but the film industry as a whole.
Summer is finally here and we expect that moviegoers everywhere will find
that the 2007 season will be one to remember.”
Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man(TM) 3 reunites the cast and filmmakers
from the first two blockbuster adventures for a web of excitement that will
transport worldwide audiences to thrilling new heights on May 4, 2007.

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