11:48 pm - 04/25/2014

Box Office: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Opens To Mighty $47M Overseas

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually opened in 14 overseas markets this weekend. It opened in the UK on Wednesday and more markets over the long Easter weekend. By the time the film opens in America on May 2nd, it will already be playing in much of the world. As such, this “opening weekend” is hopefully just a portion of the eventual money it will make by the time it’s done with its worldwide theatrical release. But as we get more and more major blockbusters going not just early overseas (like maybe the week before their domestic debuts) but very early (2.5 weeks in this case), we’ll get a better idea of what, if any, concrete math can be done with these targeted overseas debut weekends. For the moment, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earned $47 million in just 14 territories, including $2.3m in 50 IMAX screens alone. Come what may, that’s a very good number.

According to Sony , the opening was similar to that of The Amazing Spider-Man in the relatively similar territories and well above Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film earned $15 million in the UK and Ireland, where the Easter holiday weekend was arguably the reason for the uber-early debut. It was the biggest opening of 2014 in those territories. Mexico, where Noah launched a week early last month, launched with an estimated $11.1m. That’s the biggest bow in Mexico this year and 26% larger than Captain America 2. Germany debuted with $6.2m, 70% larger than Captain America 2 while, Australia opened with $5.2m and Spain had a solid $3.9m debut. Also included are Sweden ($1.1m), Belgium ($0.94m), Denmark ($0.875m), Switzerland ($0.565m), and Austria ($0.55m). According to Sony, the numbers were noticeably higher than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Next week is Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, and 21 more markets. May 2nd will finally see the film’s American debut.

The comparisons that should be tossed about are the $75 million overseas debut for Walt Disney's DIS -1.71% Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the $51 million debut for the first Amazing Spider-Man, both of which opened in quite a few more markets the week prior to their domestic debuts. In terms of uber-early debuts, the precedent-setter was of course Universal’s Battleship, which opened five weeks before its domestic debut in various overseas markets. Its opening weekend in 26 overseas markets, starting on Wednesday, April 11th, netted $55.2m. Now Battleship stalled both here and abroad, so its debut actually made up 23% of its worldwide total of $237m.

Thor: The Dark World opened in about 70% of its worldwide markets the week before its US debut, so its $109m overseas opening weekend amounted to 25% of its $439m overseas total as well. Iron Man 3 earned an obscene $198m a week ahead of its US debut as well, debuting in just under 40 territories and again securing 24% of its eventual $806m overseas cume. So what does one make about The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s $47 million overseas debut? Well the worst case scenario is that it has in fact done 24% of its overseas business, given it a probable overseas cume of $200m to go along with whatever it makes in America. But that ain’t gonna happen, so it’s merely there for comparison.

It’s also opening in far fewer territories than the Marvel Studios/Disney films, going out in a similar fashion to Battleship. Obviously Battleship rolled out twice as slowly (Amazing Spider-Man 2 drops in America 2.5 weeks after its overseas debut), but it’s the closest comparison for this relatively new release pattern that comes to mind. The first Amazing Spider-Man earned $490m overseas along with its $262m domestic haul. Let’s be optimistic and presume that Amazing Spider-Man 2 plays better here and abroad than Battleship. The reviews thus far are certainly better, with most falling in the mixed-positive category. And, um, Spider-Man is a bit more popular than the board game on which Battleship was based on.

Thus with this mere 14 territory launch, and this is really “fun with math” at this early stage, give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a 10% (same as the last film’s overseas debut %, but in more markets) and thus possible $495m overseas total to go along with whatever it makes in America (I’m thinking over/under $250m at this early juncture). But if the film clicks overseas and/or the likes of Godzilla or X-Men: Days of Future Past don’t connect worldwide, obviously I wouldn’t rule out anything noticeably higher, especially considering the overseas popularity of the character. So that’s all we’ve got at this point. I’m aware there is a lot of speculation at this early stage, as well as the somewhat uncharted territory for these kind of uber-early releases. But we’ll know more as if opens wider in the next two weeks.

In the meantime, watch out for spoilers from overseas viewers (Jodie Foster as Doctor Octopus?!). If you actually live in the UK or somewhere else where Sony has already opened the film, feel free to share your NON SPOILER thoughts below. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, opens in America on May 2nd. You’ll know more when I know more.

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chikntetrazzini 26th-Apr-2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Omg The Covenant was so fucking terrible I don't even know what to do with myself.
insecuredesign 26th-Apr-2014 03:06 am (UTC)
I just watched a clip online and I was like "Do I really like Sebastian that much to watch the whole movie for him?" lol I just.. wow. And that was only a clip!
chikntetrazzini 26th-Apr-2014 04:28 am (UTC)
If you like him enough to have an icon, you're probably going to watch this movie lbr
war_machine_rox 26th-Apr-2014 03:46 am (UTC)

The Covenant is a masterpiece and we mere mortals are blessed to have it exist in this world
daisyazul 26th-Apr-2014 04:04 am (UTC)
LOL I'm still debabting whether I should see it.
landwarinasia 26th-Apr-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
I was hoping it would be hilariously bad, but it's really just straight up bad lol.
igbywentdown 26th-Apr-2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
lmao it's hilarious, i love it
mimic 26th-Apr-2014 02:26 am (UTC)
For some reason I'm just not hyped for this film. The first one was horrendous.
teawithnoddy 26th-Apr-2014 02:36 am (UTC)
I thought it was actually much better than the first one. The first one felt kind of sloppy and wishy washy and tedious to get through, but this was actually interesting???? for the most part. Some of the dialogue was weak af, though, I'm pretty sure it's because they ripped it straight from the comics, and didn't really account for how lame it sounded. Acting was good, story was better than TASM.
sweetchild92 26th-Apr-2014 03:56 am (UTC)
it really was
planetrob 26th-Apr-2014 02:27 am (UTC)
I need to rewatch the first to decide how I feel on it
morgan90 26th-Apr-2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I'd love for this movie to flop.
grande_latte 26th-Apr-2014 02:31 am (UTC)
praying it does poorly in the us but it won't
morgan90 26th-Apr-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
It won't flop, but I could see it being one of the lowest opening weekends for a superhero movie in awhile. I literally know no one who is excited/pumped for this movie.
planetrob 26th-Apr-2014 02:32 am (UTC)
it looks by the numbers
walkintowalls99 26th-Apr-2014 03:21 am (UTC)
It won't. People automatically file to Marvel movies like lemmings. It's sad.
daisyazul 26th-Apr-2014 04:05 am (UTC)
sadly I want this too. so that Disney can buy it.
for_serious13 26th-Apr-2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I don't get the love for the Spider-Man movies, they're always just so mediocre to me. Like I know they'll do well, but I never think THAT well
theblackwidow 26th-Apr-2014 02:29 am (UTC)
Captain America >>>>>>>>>
galyuhalead 26th-Apr-2014 02:31 am (UTC)

britt_m_89 26th-Apr-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
insecuredesign 26th-Apr-2014 02:36 am (UTC)

teawithnoddy 26th-Apr-2014 02:38 am (UTC)
I liked TASM2 well enough, but Cap 2 took a fucking shit on it.
beat_it_nerd 26th-Apr-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
ugh I have to disagree. I was hoping I would like CA better but I could barely finish the movie without falling asleep. Spiderman was surprisingly much more entertaining
bagelsvswaffles 26th-Apr-2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Don't be that person.
galyuhalead 26th-Apr-2014 03:20 am (UTC)
lol right?
stewie_e 26th-Apr-2014 04:10 am (UTC)
porcupinegloves 26th-Apr-2014 04:15 am (UTC)
who_love 26th-Apr-2014 08:14 am (UTC)
iigoru 26th-Apr-2014 08:18 am (UTC)
viudanegra 26th-Apr-2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm judging my country so much right now because TASM2 made more money than CA2. It took me a week to go see TASM2 because I wasn't that interested after the first one. It was good, though. Way better than the first one. But obviously CA2 was superior.
lovebum4life 26th-Apr-2014 03:36 am (UTC)
uh it's spiderman are you surprised?

Like batman, superman, and spiderman are the flagship heroes.
grande_latte 26th-Apr-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I saw the film and it was boring until electro started doing shit. it's gonna do well cuz it's spideam but damn this one imo is weaker than the first one. too many villains too much going on
galyuhalead 26th-Apr-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
grande_latte 26th-Apr-2014 02:36 am (UTC)
insaynejayne 26th-Apr-2014 02:31 am (UTC)
I really wanted to watch this for Chris Cooper but the last spoilers I read upset me too much to give a fuck.
planetrob 26th-Apr-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
spoil me hunty
insaynejayne 26th-Apr-2014 02:50 am (UTC)
[Spoiler (click to open)] I read Norman Osborne (Chris Cooper) is introduced and dies within a short span of the movie and his son Harry ends up as the Goblin. Then they released pics of the actor who plays Harry wearing Leprechaun 3 c-rate make up and it killed whatever small hype I had for the movie."
bforbribri Dear ONTD Psychic Readers with Crystal Ball and stack of businesscards for distribution26th-Apr-2014 02:32 am (UTC)
Any box office predictions?
grande_latte Re: Dear ONTD Psychic Readers with Crystal Ball and stack of businesscards for distribution26th-Apr-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
I'm thinking $110 mil opening weekend
planetrob 26th-Apr-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
hope it bows in the presence of greatness: cap'in amurrica
airyclouds Re: Dear ONTD Psychic Readers with Crystal Ball and stack of businesscards for distribution26th-Apr-2014 07:02 am (UTC)
Definitely 100+ million at it's highest but lower end could be 90+ million.

Sure the MCU is hitting strides but some fans forget that Spider-Man is still arguably the most recognizable face of the Marvel superheroes.
grande_latte 26th-Apr-2014 02:32 am (UTC)
they're projecting $745 mil for this film? isn't that a bit too much?
walkintowalls99 26th-Apr-2014 03:22 am (UTC)
Sony boldly claimed last week it'd cross a billion. That's a bit much.
amber_protocol 26th-Apr-2014 03:29 am (UTC)
Well the first one made $752 million, so if it doesn't at least get past that then that would be embarrassing.
emptyobsidian 26th-Apr-2014 03:37 am (UTC)
The first one made that much so it wouldn't be unbelievable for this one to come close as well.
rabbitncavylove 26th-Apr-2014 03:55 am (UTC)
worldwide? I would have thought closer to 600 mil but I guess the first one did about that? idk
sandstorm 26th-Apr-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
I want to see it and I only got through about two minutes of the first movie.
iamadrinker 26th-Apr-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
I just got back from seeing Cap America.

1) Winter Soldier wasn't in it to often
2) His memory got jogged.....kinda easily
3) Why didn't they just blow up the helicarriers from the jump?
4) Chris has a banging body but his face looked weird at times
5) Frank Grillo is hot

Overall good movie.
amber_protocol 26th-Apr-2014 03:31 am (UTC)
Why didn't they just blow up the helicarriers from the jump?

How? They had no resource because SHIELD didn't outwardly know they were infiltrated and they were being hunted by them, so where are they supposed to get shit to blow them up? It took the helicarriers themselves to destroy each other, where do you get that kind of firepower from in hours?
iamadrinker 26th-Apr-2014 11:05 am (UTC)
idk, like when the were in the air I mean. Just like shoot up the engines like in avengers.
britt_m_89 OT26th-Apr-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Is LJ running slow for anybody else? ONTD is working fine, but other comms are taking forever to load.
walkintowalls99 Re: OT26th-Apr-2014 03:25 am (UTC)
It's been like this for me for the past two days. Some features work fine but I can't access my inbox on this computer and it's pissing me off.
emilenshook 26th-Apr-2014 02:35 am (UTC)
probably gonna see it just for Dane tbh
viudanegra 26th-Apr-2014 02:38 am (UTC)
He did a great job as Harry, tbh.
emilenshook 26th-Apr-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I wouldn't expect anything less <3
cranberryfitch 26th-Apr-2014 02:57 am (UTC)
yay <333
beat_it_nerd 26th-Apr-2014 02:42 am (UTC)
he was the best part
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