Marc Webb's Spider-Man overhaul looks pretty good when compared to the opening weekends of "X-Men: First Class" and "Batman Begins"
Though Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" reboot of the web-slinger franchise fell just short of the original films' early numbers, it did top such recent reboots as as "X-Men: First Class" and the James Bond film "Casino Royale."
Facing skyrocketing costs on a proposed "Spider-Man 4," Sony made the difficult decision in 2010 to overhaul its wall-crawler films with an entirely new cast and director.
So how did the studio's $230 million bet on a new Spidey pay off? Let's say this: There's a reason Sony is pushing forward with a planned trilogy.
The new film, directed by Marc Webb, had a six-day haul of $140 million. As BoxOfficeMojo.com points out, that's just short of the $144.2 million six-day total for the first "Spider-Man" and the openings racked up by "Spider-Man 2" ($180.1 million) and "Spider-Man 3" ($176.2 million).
For the purpose of comparison, however, let's stick with the opening weekend for "The Amazing Spider-Man" stateside. After all, many franchise re-launches did not open mid-week as the latest Spider-Man film did.
The well-reviewed look at Peter Parker's transformation into a human arachnid was similar to Raimi's first film, but audiences didn't seem to mind.
Here's a look at the opening weekends of recent reboots and how "The Amazing Spider-Man" stacks up to the competition.
REBOOT DOMESTIC OPENING WEEKENDS
Film Box Office
1.) "The Amazing Spider-Man" $62 Million
2.)"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" $54.8 Million
3.) "The Incredible Hulk" $55.4 Million
4.) "X-Men: First Class" $55.1 Million
5.) "Batman Begins" $48.7 Million
6.) "Casino Royale" $40.8 Million