Can a spider spins a web, any size? We’re about to find out as the 2014 Summer movie season kicks off this weekend with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The sequel to the 2012 reboot is looking to score the biggest opening of the year. But to do so, Spidey will have to topple another Marvel hero.
Last month “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” earned a shade over $95 in its opening weekend, a best for 2014. But me thinks Spider-Man is up for the challenge.
Reviews for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” have been mixed, and as of Friday morning the film has 57% on Rotten Tomatoes. How bad is that? Even the widely panned “Spider-Man 3” is still at 63%. But I say ignore the critics, go check out the movie for yourself.
Plus, I doubt Sony is too worried, as Spider-Man has an incredible box office track record: Sam Raimi’s trilogy made over $1 billion domestically. But compared to the Raimi films, the first Amazing Spider-Man was a bit of a step back. “The Amazing Spider-Man” opened over the Fourth of July 2012, bringing in $62 million in its first weekend.
The sequel won’t have any trouble matching that as Sony is unloading Amazing 2 in 4,324 theaters. That’s the biggest theatre count I can remember, and many (if not most) of those theatres will have it in 3D. Amazing 2 will also be playing on 353 IMAX screens.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is the only movie opening this weekend, and with little competition , it should easily gross at least $98 million this weekend.