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'Amazing Spider-Man' has strong box-office debut in Asia

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into theaters overseas this weekend and ensnared audiences in Asia.

The superhero film, which debuts in the U.S. on Tuesday, opened in 13 foreign countries this weekend and grossed a strong $50.2 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures.

The movie starring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger performed best in South Korea, where it collected $13.4 million — 24% ahead of ticket sales for "Spider-Man 3" back in 2007. The film raked in $11.4 million in Japan and $6 million more in India, marking the biggest debut ever for a Hollywood film in the country — 73% ahead of the recent run for "The Avengers."

Five years ago, the last "Spider-Man" movie ultimately sold $554.3 million worth of tickets overseas and did best in the United Kingdom and Japan.

Meanwhile, the animated family film "Ice Age: Continental Drift" rolled into theaters in 34 foreign markets and collected a robust $78 million.

The fourth film in the franchise, which doesn't hits theaters stateside until July 13, debuted in the No. 1 position in every country where it opened this weekend. The movie did its briskest business in Mexico, grossing $13.8 million. But it also performed well in France, where its $11.8-million haul represented the largest opening ever for a film in the country.

The "Ice Age" series has long been wildly popular abroad. The third installment in the franchise about three Paleolithic mammals grossed a whopping $690.1 million internationally in 2009 — nearly 78% of its worldwide tally.

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