Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Projector: Spidey Senses Edition UPDATE

Sunday UPDATE: Not quite. Falling $3M short of Captain America's $95M April debut, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still managed the second-biggest bow of 2014, bagging a B+ CinemaScore from its youthful audience, 51 percent of its seats taken by those under 25. Why the garden-variety B+ grade? I'm betting auds weren't thrilled with Spidey's love interest biting the bullet. With $369M in worldwide receipts thus far, Spidey can still sling it at the box office though there's clearly some burnout after five films in span of 12 years and another due in summer 2016 — the same summer 2016 that's scheduled to feature that Superman/Batman project you may have heard about. Best of luck with that webslinger.

1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92M
2. The Other Woman $14.2M
3. Heaven Is for Real $8.7M
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $7.8M
5. Rio 2 $7.6M


It's on. Five weeks after Captain America put up the biggest debut of 2014, his Marvel mate, Spider-Man slings into theaters this weekend looking to snatch that title from the shield-wielding super solider, needing $95.1M to take it. With reviews all over the map, Spidey doesn't have the same level of critical acclaim CA2 had, though look for auds to eat it up with a more assured – polished – Marc Webb (benefiting immensely from the addition of J.J. Abrams' cinematographer, Daniel Mindel) delivering a much stronger product than its predecessor and a more purely-entertaining film than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And thus the battle begins.
  1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $97.5M (↔) - Families will prove key in pushing the webslinger closer to $100M.
  2. The Other Woman $12.75M - Could see a more substantial sophomore hold courtesy of no other date-night options.
  3. Heaven Is for Real $9M - Random factoid: come Sunday, will surpass The Last Song to become Greg Kinnear's biggest hit in over a decade.
  4. Rio 2 $8.75M - Flies past $100M mark domestic Friday, closing in on $400M worldwide.
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $7.75M - Just passed Iron Man 2 in worldwide coin, though still $600M behind what Iron Man 3 banked globally.