May 4, 2014

EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Spider-Man” Slips But Still Dominates


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (Sony) didn’t succeed in outperforming other recent superhero movies in its Saturday matinees, and probably won’t supplant Captain America 2 as the year’s #1 opening to date, but it’s still rolling in money.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, Amazing 2 dropped 4-6% on Saturday (by comparison, Captain 2 fell 6%, Iron Man 3 dropped 10%, and Thor 2 was up about 0.5%), giving it roughly $34M for the day, and probably $90-92M for the weekend, not quite at Captain 2‘s $95M level.  The blockbuster should also be having a huge weekend overseas, including a Sunday opening in China.

Far, far below was THE OTHER WOMAN (20th), with $6M on Saturday and a $14-15M weekend, down about 40% from last weekend.  HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (TriStar/Sony), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Disney/Marvel) and RIO 2 (20th/Blue Sky) all had roughly $3.5M Saturdays and should be at $7.5-8.5M for the weekend, with Heaven on top thanks to its strong Sunday sales.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."