Spider-Man snares $92m on US opening
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', the first release of the summer season and the biggest film of the year for Sony, led the US box office in its opening weekend despite sales at the low end of analysts' projections.
The film, featuring Andrew Garfield in the title role, took in $92m (€66.3m) at US and Canadian cinemas, according to research firm Rentrak.
If the picture meets or beats its predecessor's global tally, the Spider-Man franchise "will be in very good shape", said Phil Contrino, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. The film is a sequel to a 2012 release that brought in $752.2m worldwide. Sony Pictures restarted the series that year with Garfield replacing Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker. The film was released in Europe last month.
"Spider-Man is certainly the crown jewel, it really is so important to us and our studio," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony.
"Audiences are enamoured with superheroes and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' is the latest proof of that," said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Tokyo-based Sony is in need of a boost as it wrestles with larger-than-predicted losses.