‘Spider-Man 2’ catches $ 92 m to kick off summer movie season

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Reuters: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ a sequel about the web-slinging superhero, snared $92 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, taking the top spot on movie box office charts at the start of Hollywood’s lucrative summer blockbuster season. The big-budget, effects-filled movie starring Andrew Garfield is expected to rank as one of the year’s highest-grossing films. With international sales, it has rung up nearly $370 million around the globe through Sunday, distributor Sony Corp said. ‘The Other Woman,’ a comedy about three women out for revenge on a cheating husband, finished a distant second on domestic charts with $14.2 million, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ another superhero sequel and previous box office champ, landed in the No. 4 slot with $7.8 million from Friday through Sunday, behind ‘Heaven Is for Real,’ a faith-based drama and Sony release which grabbed third place with $8.7 million for a $65 million box office total in just its third week of release. The performance of ‘Spider-Man 2’ could not quite match the strong domestic opening for ‘Captain America’ in April, when the Marvel Studios film took in $95 million over its first three days. Ahead of the weekend, box office forecasters projected ‘Spider-Man’ would collect $85 million to $95 million. In the ‘Spider-Man’ sequel, Garfield returns as the masked hero who swings through the streets and skyscrapers of New York, battling new villains including the formidable Electro played by Jamie Foxx. Garfield’s real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone, portrays Gwen Stacy, the on-screen love interest of Spidey alter ego Peter Parker. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ which Sony released in 2012, took in more than $750 million worldwide according to the website boxofficemojo.