With the debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" on Tuesday,
The Marc Webb-directed film, which stars
Due to its early-in-the-week debut, traditional opening-weekend comparisons are not applicable to the latest
A Sony spokesperson said the studio expects a softer debut of $110 million to $120 million.
The last time July 4 fell on a Wednesday was in 2007, when the first film in
Overseas, "The Amazing Spider-Man" -- the fourth film in the successful $2.5-billion franchise -- launched last weekend in 13 foreign countries, collecting a strong $50.2 million. The picture performed best in South Korea.
The new film, which also features
But because of creative differences with Raimi, Sony decided instead on the rebooted version. The upcoming release retells the story of how nerdy high school student Peter Parker became an unlikely superhero -- similar to 2002's original "Spider-Man."
Hoping to capitalize on the projected success of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Sony has already scheduled a sequel for 2014.
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