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Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man is on course for a six-day debut of $135 million to $140 million, successfully relaunching Sony’s marquee superhero franchise and turning in one of the top performances for the July 4th frame.
Amazing Spider-Man — headlining Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone — grossed $20.7 million on Friday for a four-day domestic cume of $95.7 million. The movie, anticipating a $60 million to $65 million weekend, is pacing well ahead of Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins reboot.
The news isn’t as bright for new entries Savages and concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, which are trailing behind a trio of strong holdovers — Universal’s Ted, Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike and Pixar/Disney’s Brave.
Also from Universal, Savages opened to a slightly better-than-expected $5.6 million on Friday to come in No. 5. The R-rated crime drama is now anticipating a three-day opening of $16.8 million, well ahead of Universal’s estimated $10 million.
First, however, Savages will have to overcome a C+ CinemaScore, which could hurt word-of-mouth.
Universal was so keen on Savages, based on Don Winslow’s best-selling novel, that it moved the film from September to this weekend hoping to woo adults looking for an alternative to popcorn fare. The pic — costing $45 million to produce — marks Stone’s return to more violent fare and stars Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek.
Paramount Insurge’s Part of Me placed No. 7 on Friday with $2.7 million, down from Thursday’s opening day gross of $3.1 million. The 3D concert documentary is now expecting a three-day opening in the $11 million to $12 million range.
That’s substantially lower than the openings for two other concert docs: fellow Insurge pic Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($29.4 million last year) and Disney’s Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($31.1 million in 2008), though those films debuted outside of summer.
Paramount is on solid ground financially, though, since Part of Me only cost $12 million to produce.
Coming in No. 2 on Friday with a stellar $10.5 million was Universal and MRC’s R-rated comedy Ted. The film has blossomed into a box office hit, grossing $88 million in its first seven day at the domestic box office. Ted should finish the weekend with a cume north of $120 million.
Disney and Pixar’s Brave followed with $6.2 million for a domestic cume of $160.6 million, while Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike earned a strong $6.1 million on its second Friday for a cume of $63.3 million.
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