Since launching in a handful of international markets this month,
The picture has yet to open in an additional 30 countries abroad, including major markets like Brazil and China. Two years ago,
At this pace, the sequel is on track to far exceed the $490 million the original grossed overseas in 2012. Sony Pictures this spring sent the franchise's stars
In the U.S. and Canada, 'Spider-Man 2' is expected to start off with more than $100 million in sales during its first three days in theaters, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. That would be a fantastic start for the film, whose predecessor took in $137 million in its first six days in theaters. (The first film in director Marc Webb's series was released over the busy Independence Day holiday, making an apples-to-apples box office comparison tricky.)
The $200-million sequel has so far received largely positive reviews. In the new film, the superhero is forced to protect the Big Apple from a slew of new foes, including Electro (Foxx) and his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan).
"Spider-Man" faces other rivals, too. The sequel will go up against "Godzilla" and "X-Men: Days of Futures Past" -- two other films aimed at young male moviegoers -- later in May.