Box Office Report: 'Amazing Spider-Man' Sets Off Holiday Fireworks With $23.3 Million

8:22 AM PST 07/05/2012 by Pamela McClintock
Columbia Pictures

UPDATED: Sony's reboot has grossed $59.2 million in its first two days of play at the domestic box office and scored the second-best July 4th gross of all time after the first "Transformers."

Marc Webb's 3D superhero tentpole The Amazing Spider-Man earned a stellar $23.3 million at the July 4th box office and is on track to gross $125 million to $140 million during the course of its six-day debut.

Sony's reboot, boosting the standing of rising stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, has taken in $59.2 million in its first two days of play in North America.

Wednesday's gross of $23.4 million was the second-best showing for July 4th after the original Transformers, which grossed $29.1 million on the same Wednesday in 2007. In 2004, Spider-Man 2 earned $22 million on Independence Day.

Costing $220 million to produce, Spider Man is being fueled by good word-of-mouth and strong reviews. The tentpole received an A- CinemaScore and an A from moviegoers younger than 18.

Spider-Man also is being helped at the box office by the upcharge for a 3D ticket and is doing big business in Imax theaters, the favorite venue of fanboys.

Paramount Insurge's concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me opens Thursday in North America and should be a big draw for younger females. On Friday, Universal opens Oliver Stone's R-rated crime drama Savages.

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