EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: Sources are telling me that Sony Pictures‘ The Amazing Spider-Man swept the Asian box office this weekend as the much-anticipated actioner opened early in a handful of international territories. The reboot of Marvel‘s most popular character will be released July 3rd in the U.S./Canada where rival studios report the tracking has been flat. ”It’s off to a fantastic start overseas,” an insider gushes to me. Here are the updated numbers from Sony Pictures:
In its first weekend of release, The Amazing Spider-Man grossed an estimated $50.2 million in 13 overseas markets in Asia while Europe remains under the influence of the Euro Cup football championships until tonight, with school vacations in full effect starting tomorrow.
KOREA earned $13.4M on 1,213 screens, capturing a 71% market share. The KW15.8B total for Thursday to Sunday is the 3rd biggest of all time for a Hollywood film, behind only the 2nd and 3rd Transformers films. This is 24% bigger than Spider-Man 3 and 10% more than Avengers.
JAPAN opened with $11.4M on 1,092 screens, pulling in an estimated 84% of the country’s Saturday-Sunday weekend box office.
INDIA grossed $6.0M on 1,236 screens, the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood film, 74% bigger than Spider-Man 3, 73% more than Avengers, and more than double the lifetime box office of The Dark Knight.
The PHILIPPINES bowed with $3.2M on 529 screens, capturing the entire market in its opening weekend. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening ever (behind Avengers, Transformers 3, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.)
TAIWAN did $2.9M on 268 screens while taking in 73% of the market’s weekend total. It is the 2nd biggest Fri-Sun weekend of the year (behind Avengers.)
HONG KONG earned $2.7M on 158 screens, pulling in 84% of the total market. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
SINGAPORE grossed $2.5M on 128 screens, the 3rd biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
THAILAND opened to $1.9M on 320 screens, capturing 81% of the market. 10th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
VIETNAM grossed $425K on 41 screens, the 6th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time (and the 5th biggest Hollywood film.) It surpassed the lifetime box office total of Spider-Man 3.
In Europe, GERMANY grossed an estimated $4.2M on 755 screens (50% market share), HOLLAND earned $850K on 113 ,AUSTRIA opened to $480K on 85, and SWITZERLAND did $290K on 130.
PREVIOUS: In Korea the 3D film debuted to $13M, bigger than Marvel’s The Avengers which scored one of the biggest openings ever there. The sources say that India took in $5+M, more than Avengers, for the biggest opening ever there for an American film. Singapore, Hong Kong, Phillippines all reported “huge” openings, too. It’s a very auspicious start for director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the Spider-Man origins film similar to the original told just 10 years ago. Disney may own Marvel now, but Sony Pictures doesn’t have to share its worldwide box office grosses from The Amazing Spider-Man. Instead, Disney/Marvel receives all the merchandising loot.
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