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May 5, 2014

Weekend Box Office – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits $92 million to start the summer movie season

by Master Pillow

Proving that there is still some gas left in the franchise tank The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the 2014 Summer Movie season with a hefty gross in the $92 million range. While that sounds rather impressive the fact remains that this really is not as good as Sony was hoping for.

Being essentially the fifth Spider-Man movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was hoping to somehow buck the trend set forth by the rather lackluster reboot film that many thought came far too early after the end of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy. The Amazing Spider-Man still made $62 million during its opening weekend on its way to a total domestic gross of about $262 million. While that sounds impressive the film was by far the lowest grossing Spider-Man movie, a fact made all the more prescient when one realizes that if you factor in inflation that it made $100 million LESS than the generally hated Spider-Man 3.

Sony was clearly hoping that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would re-energize the franchise and so far the results have been mixed. Overseas the film seems to be doing fine but the $92 million opening places it behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier but more pressing is that fact that it hasn’t been well-received by either the critics or the general audience. The film sits at 54% over on Rottentomatoes showing a rather humdrum reaction from critics but this weekend saw it garner only a “B+” from viewers on Cinemascore which isn’t very flattering considering the diehard fans are out in full force.

According to Sony the opening weekend audience skewed heavily male 61% to 39% female and that 51% was under the age of 25. The younger audience isn’t an issue but the huge male audience isn’t so hot considering the film places a huge emphasis on the love story subplot between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy.

Unless a miracle happens The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to quickly run out of gas especially in two weeks when Godzilla stomps its way into multiplexes nationwide. Even if it manages to survive that assault there’s virtually no way it stands up to X-Men: Days of Future Past the following week which represents direct comic book film competition.

As for the rest of the box office, The Other Woman made another $14 million and is a certified hit while the bigger news is probably Heaven is for Real which is holding well and continues the trend of successful religious movies.

Rio 2 took in about $7.6 million and has broken through the $100 million box office mark while Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a lock to soon overtake The LEGO Movie to temporarily claim the #1 Box office film of 2014.

The late-departed Paul Walker’s Brick Mansions is still making respectable coin with a total gross of around $15 million while young adult property Divergent looks to end up close to $150 million.

Rank Movie Title Weekend Gross
1 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92,000,000
2 The Other Woman $14,200,000
3 Heaven is For Real $8,700,000
4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $7,762,000
5 Rio 2 $7,600,000
6 Brick Mansions $3,545,000
7 Divergent $2,175,000
8 The Quiet Ones $2,000,000
9 God’s Not Dead $1,769,000
10 The Grand Budapest Hotel $1,623,000

© 2014 The Galactic Pillow

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