Trailer Report: 'Spider-Man' Bests 'X-Men' and 'Captain America'
Primus inter pares. It's a Latin phrase that means "first among equals" -- and so we have a first among the trifecta of Marvel Comics-based blockbuster franchise entries coming out next summer.
The debut trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2 scored 19.7 million YouTube views in its first week out, according to Internet monitoring service Zefr.
Spider-Man: primus inter pares.
Amazing Spider-Man 2, which stars Andrew Garfield as everyone's favorite webslinger and Emma Stone as his love interest, opens May 2, 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past, which stars, well, just about everybody who was ever in an X-Men movie, opens May 23, 2014. Chris Evans' Captain America: Winter Soldier arrives the month before, on April 4.
Not only does this represent three of Marvel's most beloved comic franchises competing against on another, but it represents a battle between three studios: Sony controls Spider-Man, Fox X-Men and Disney Captain America.
In the second slot was 300: Rise of an Empire trailer No. 2 with 3.5 million views, followed by Amazing Spider-Man 2 international trailer No. 1 (3.2 million), Pompeii trailer No. 1 (1.8 million) and Her trailer No. 2 (1.1 million) in the fifth spot. All four trailers debuted this week.
The bottom five slots were: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug No. 1, X-Men: Days of Future Past No. 1, The Hobbit No. 2, Noah No. 1 and Sabotage No. 1, with 539,621 YouTube views to take the tenth spot.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien classic, opens Dec. 20. The movie's first trailer has recorded more than 36 million views since its debut in June -- the most lifetime views of any on the top 10 list.