‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Almost Weaves Worst Opening in Franchise
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 predictably dominated the box office over the weekend, pulling in $92 million according to estimates from Sony and pushing the Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman into second place. But a top spot for the weekend doesn’t necessarily spell success for the Marvel franchise’s reboot, as Box Office Mojo predicted the film will earn the least money of all the Spider-Man movies, even with higher ticket prices and 3-D surcharges.
The female-centered revenge comedy The Other Woman dropped to second place in its second weekend in theaters, taking in an estimated $14.2 million. Coming in third is the faith-based film Heaven Is For Real, with an estimated $8.7 million. That other Marvel franchise, The Avengers, saw its latest installment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, come in fourth place during its fifth week in theaters, and it is estimated to have pulled in another $7.7 million, bringing the film’s total gross to $237.1 million. Finishing out the top five was the animated Rio 2, which made $7.6 million, according to estimates from Fox.
It was predicted that the new Spider-Man film would come in first place at the box office this weekend, but it did not perform as well as Sony may have hoped. Poor reviews didn’t help, as the movie currently has a 54 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics felt that the film lacked focus and complained that Sony decided to reboot the franchise too soon after the series of three Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Real-life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone got some compliments for their palpable chemistry as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, but it wasn’t enough to save the film.