‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Foreign Earnings Signal Good Things to Come
Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiered in 14 foreign markets over Easter weekend and grossed a whopping $47 million around the world, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. The latest installment in the Spider-Man franchise will open in additional foreign markets including Japan, Italy, Russia, and South Korea on April 26, then make its North American debut on May 2.
Box Office Mojo said that the film hit number one in the UK, Mexico, Germany, and Australia over the weekend, taking in $15 million, $11.1 million, $6.2 million, and $5.2 million in each of those markets, respectively. In Spain, it came in at number two with $3.9 million.
This could be a hint of good things to come for the latest Spider-Man movie. Some were skeptical when The Amazing Spider-Man was released by Sony in 2012, saying that it was too soon to reboot a franchise that had just wrapped in 2007. The first Sony Spider-Man franchise was directed by Samm Raimi and starred Toby Maguire as the hero as well as a stellar supporting cast, including Willem Dafoe and James Franco. While the first two films were warmly received, the third got lackluster reviews, spurring Sony to shoot for a reboot rather than move forward with a fourth film from Raimi.
The reboot brought Peter Parker back to high school, developing his abilities as a new superhero. Andrew Garfield, who also starred in The Social Network, plays Spider-Man, and real-life girlfriend Emma Stone plays Peter Parker’s first love interest, Gwen Stacy. The Amazing Spider-Man was released in spring 2012 and received positive reviews from critics despite the fact that some were skeptical about launching a film reboot of the series so quickly after the first franchise ended. That film made $752 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo, and Sony is hoping that the sequel will perform even better.