smallspidey.JPGWEDNESDAY AM: Spider-Man 3 opened May 1 in 16 countries around the globe and made $29.15 million in the single day. That’s more than what the same 16 territories made for Spider-Man 1 ($10.6 mil) and Spider-Man 2 ($15.6 mil) combined! So far SM3 is running +86% over SM2. The 16 countries consisted of 8 in Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines), and 8 in or near Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and Egypt). SM3 logged the biggest opening day ever in 9 of these 16 nations: France, Hong Kong, Itraly, Belgium, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and The Philippines. The pic debuts in 30 more territories on Thursday (including China, Australia and Russia) and an additional 30 on Friday (including the U.K. and India). Spider-Man 3 launches domestically Friday on 4,253 theaters, the widest North American opening of all time. (Refresh for latest…)

Here’s the 411:

France - 5.01 million Euros ($6.81) — Biggest opening day of all time for either Hollywood or local films.  It broke the opening day gross record of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (3.9 million) and also the previews-included biggest opening day by giant local film Taxi 2 (4.5 million).  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (4.9 million).

Germany - 3.56 million Euros ($4.56) — Biggest Tuesday ever. 69% bigger than the opening day of Spidey 2 and 80% bigger and Spidey 1.

Italy - 2.95 million Euros ($4.02) — Biggest opening day of all time for either Hollywood or local films, breaking the record that we recently smashed with The Da Vinci Code (2.03) by 45%.  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (2.3 million).

Austria – .530 million Euros ($.721) — Biggest Tuesday gross ever and the 3rd biggest opening ever behind LOTR-Return of the King and LOTR-Two Towers.  48% bigger than the opening of Spidey 2 and 165% bigger than the opening of Spidey 1.

Belgium - .406 million Euros ($.552) — Biggest opening day of all time for either Hollywood or local films.  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (.399 million).

Holland - .271 million Euros ($.369) — 22% bigger than the opening of Spidey 2 and 5% bigger than Spidey 1.

Switzerland – .349 million Francs ($.286) — 9% bigger than the opening of Spidey 2 and 11% bigger than Spidey 1.

Egypt – .162 million Pounds ($.29) — Biggest opening day of all time, breaking the previous record set by Pirates 2 (.136).

Japan - 444 million Yen ($3.7) — Biggest Tuesday gross ever, breaking the record set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (408 million). Opening is 8% bigger than Spider-Man 2 (410 million) and 28% bigger than Spider-Man (347 million).

Korea - 3.2 billion Won($3.4) — Biggest opening day of all time for either Hollywood or local films.  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (2.0 billion).

Singapore – 1.02 million $ Singapore ($.670) — Biggest single day of all time, previously held by the opening weekend Saturday of Spider-Man 2 (.777).  Opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined was 1.06 million..

Philippines – 45.6 million Pesos ($1.1) — Biggest single day of all time, 39% bigger than previous record held by the opening weekend Sunday of Spider-Man 2 (32.7).  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (42 million.)  The 51 million opening day is 1/3 of the lifetime gross of Spider Man 1, which was at the time was the biggest film of all time.  First film ever to gross $1 million in a single day.

Taiwan (Taipei only) – 17.2 million $Taiwan ($.515) — Biggest weekday ever, previously held by the opening Friday of Kung Fu Hustle (15.6).  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (16.9 million).

Hong Kong – 7.5 million $HK ($1.0) — Biggest opening day of all time, previously held by Kung Fu Hustle (5.0 million).  Bigger then the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (5.4 million).

Malaysia - 1.75 million Ringgit ($.462) — Biggest single day of all time, previously held by the opening weekend Saturday of Spider-Man 2 (1.52).  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (1.6 million).

Thailand - 34.1 million Baht ($1.0) — Biggest single day of all time, 30% bigger than previous Hollywood record held by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (26.3) and breaking the all-time recort held by local film Tom Yum Goong (30.6).  Bigger than the opening days of Spidey 1 & 2 combined (26.9 million).  First film to gross over $1 million in a single day.

Total gross for Tuesday, May 1 – $29.15 million — 86% bigger than the same territories opened on Spider-Man 2 ($15.6 million) and 175% bigger than the same territories opened on Spider-Man ($10.6 million).

Territories opening – 16

Territories beating Spider-Man 2’s opening day – 16

Territories beating Spider-Man’s opening day – 16

Territories beating the combined gross of Spider-Man 1 & 2 – 9

Territories with the biggest opening day of all time – 10

Territories with the biggest single day of all time – 4

tobey.jpgTUESDAY PM UPDATE: I’m told Spider-Man 3 today opened bigger than 1 and 2 in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. In terms of $$$, SM3 debuted in Japan with $3.47 mil, South Korea $3.46 mil and Hong Kong $958.9K. It was the biggest single day ever recorded in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. In Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and The Phillipines, the film outgrossed the combined opening day of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. Needless to say, Sony Pictures is relieved at all the record-setting releases in 8 Asian territories. The pic scored the biggest opening day ever in South Korea and Hong Kong. In Japan, it set the biggest Tuesday gross ever, including openings. In South Korea, it was the biggest opening day ever. In Hong Kong, it was the biggest opening ever, beating not just Hollywood but also local product like Kung Fu Hustle. In Singapore, it was the biggest movie-going day, both opening and gross on any day. Same with Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines. Finally, in Thailand, it was the biggest Monday-through-Friday gross ever. This updates : ‘Spidey 3′ Asian Grosses Bigger Than 1,2; In Some Places Bigger Than 1,2 Combined

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