Hordes of moviegoers were bitten by the
The 3-D reboot starring
Audiences were less interested in the weekend's other new offerings.
Last weekend's No. 1 film,
The new "Spider-Man" appealed to a wide swath of moviegoers: Roughly half of the crowd was older than 25, and the film skewed only slightly more male, with 58% of the audience composed of men. However, the majority of ticket buyers weren't willing to shell out a few extra bucks to see the movie in 3-D, as roughly 44% of the film's receipts came from the more expensive format.
Those who saw the $230-million production this week gave it an average grade of A-, according to market research firm CinemaScore. With solid word-of-mouth, the picture likely will be headed toward the same level of massive global ticket sales as its predecessors. "Spider-Man3," the previous installment in the franchise, which did not have the benefit of 3-D or
The successful launch of the new Spidey flick is good news for Sony, which in 2010 decided to pull the plug on a planned fourth "Spider-Man" movie directed by
So far, it appears the gamble has paid off, and Sony will likely move ahead with its plan to release a sequel in 2014.
"Savages," meanwhile, did not go over as well with audiences, who gave the film a poor average grade of C+. While the movie debuted with about $3 million more than pre-release audience surveys had indicated, the poor moviegoer response could spell bad news for the film in coming weeks. The picture, about two twentysomething marijuana sellers who get mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel, was financed by Universal and Relativity for about $45 million.
While the movie was marketed primarily to older males, it ended up attracting a 51% female audience, though 61% of the crowd was older than 30. The adult drama, which stars a slew of well-known actors including
"Katy Perry: A Part of Me" cost Paramount's micro-budget label Insurge only $12 million to produce, so the film's debut isn't considered a bust. However, the studio clearly was hoping the movie would replicate the success of last year's
The Perry film no doubt will end up grossing far less than Bieber's film did, though it's not certain why. The musician has a huge fan base with 22.5 million followers on
Not surprisingly, those who turned up to see Perry's movie seemed to be her die-hard "Katy cats": 81% of the crowd was female and 72% was younger than 25. That young female audience loved the well-reviewed movie, assigning it an average grade of A.
The film, which follows Perry on her recent "California Dreams" tour as her marriage to comedian
[Updated, 12:51 p.m. July 8: "The Amazing Spider-Man" played in 74 foreign countries this weekend and grossed a strong $129.1 million, raising its international total to an impressive $201.6 million. This weekend, the film performed best in the United Kingdom, where it sold $18.1 million worth of tickets. The movie also had excellent debuts in
Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, with international results when available, according to studio estimates and Rentrak:
1. "The Amazing Spider-Man" (Sony): Opened with $65 million. Domestic total: $140 million. $129.1 million overseas in 74 foreign markets. International total: $201.6 million.
2. "Ted" (Universal/Relativity/MRC): $32.6 million on its second weekend, down 40%. Domestic total: $120.2 million. $15 million in two foreign markets.
4. "Savages" (Universal/Relativity): Opened with $16.2 million.
8. "Katy Perry: Part of Me" (Paramount): Opened with $7.2 million. Domestic total: $10.3 million. $2.3 million overseas in four foreign markets.
10. "To Rome With Love" (Sony Pictures Classics): $3.5 million on its third weekend, up 367%. Domestic total: $5.3 million.]