THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Breaks Opening Day Box Office Record; Trilogy Plans Now Confirmed
Published: July 5, 2012 - 8:15am
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary star in director Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, which is playing in theaters and IMAX 3D now.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
The Amazing Spider-Man was released in theaters Tuesday, July 3rd, garnering $35 million making it the largest Tuesday box office opening of all time. The film took in $7.5 million at midnight screenings, and approximately $22 million on July 4th.
Sony Pictures has been projecting a six-day (Tuesday to Sunday) box office gross between $110 and $120 million.
The film's official Facebook page was also recently updated with this message, confirming the studio's long time speculated plans for a trilogy:
It's finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.
The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.