The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 box-office: excellent or just okay? Directed by Marc Webb, and starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, The Amazing Spider-Man added an estimated $20.7 million at 4,318 locations on Friday. Total after four days: $95.78m. Projected total by Sunday evening: approximately $140m after six days.
Now, even if The Amazing Spider-Man reaches $140m — and that’s open to debate — is the Spider-Man reboot a solid, remarkable hit or just an okay one? [See also THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Record breaker?]
Box office: The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 vs. predecessors
For comparison’s sake: Directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Willem Dafoe (as the Green Goblin), Rosemary Harris, and Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (Charly), Spider-Man opened on Friday, May 3, 2002, scoring $114.84 million (approx. $156.5 million today) on its first weekend out — in other words, in three days. Spider Man 2, debuted with $40.42 million on Wed., July 3, 2004, drawing $180.07 million (approx. $229.6 million today) in its first six days. Another Friday-in-May opening, Spider-Man 3 took in $151.11 million (approx. $174 million today) on its debut weekend — once again, that means the film’s first three days of release.
And remember: none of the previous Spider-Man movies had the advantage of either 3D surcharges or wide (higher-priced) IMAX screenings.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 vs. Transformers, Batman Begins, Iron Man, X-Men: First Class
A few more comparisons: Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Megan Fox’s Transformers, which opened on Monday evening, July 2, 2007, grossed $155.4 million in its first six days. Even deducting the $8.8 million earned at Monday evening shows, Transformers‘ total remains ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man‘s (if current box-office predictions are accurate): $146.6m. When inflation is taken into account, the gap widens considerably: even without the 3D-surcharge boost, Transformers earned approx. $169 million in 2012 dollars.
Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale’s Batman Begins opened on Wed., June 15, 2005. In its first six days, the Batman reboot — without the assistance of a major weekday holiday — had collected $79.72 million (approx. $98 million today) at 3,858 locations. Starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man brought in $121.3 million (approx. $134 million today) in its first six days in early May 2008. Last June, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, featuring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence, raked in $68.65 million in its first six days at 3,641 locations.
Once again, bear in mind that none of the aforementioned movies had the advantage of 3D surcharges.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 budget comparisons
Something else worth comparing: production costs. With a reported $220m-$230m budget, The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more expensive than Spider-Man ($139 million or approx. $178 million today) Transformers ($150m or approx. $166 million today), Batman Begins ($150m or approx. $176 million today), Iron Man ($140m or approx. $150m today), and X-Men: First Class ($160m).
On the other hand, The Amazing Spider-Man cost less (adjusted) than Spider-Man 2‘s $200m (approx. $243 million today) and Spider-Man 3‘s $258 million (approx. $286 million today).
Official weekend box-office estimates will be released on Sunday. Box-office actuals come out on Monday.
In addition to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 features Rhys Ifans (as The Lizard), Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Campbell Scott, Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Embeth Davidtz, Chris Zylka, Max Charles, and C. Thomas Howell.
Box-office information source: Box Office Mojo. Budget inflation adjustments via U.S. Department of Labor’s inflation index calculator.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 wallpaper: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures.