'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' tries to swing for $100 million to kick off summer blockbuster season

By Daniel S Levine,

While Captain America: The Winter Soldier certainly played like a summer blockbuster this spring, things get real for Hollywood starting this weekend when Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters. The film, overflowing with villains, hasn’t earned overwhelming praise, but that isn’t going to stop audiences from rushing to see it. Still, the question remains - will it hit $100 million?

ASM 2 is swinging into 4,324 theaters, making it one of the widest film releases ever, notes Box Office Mojo. This is actually the fifth Spider-Man movie since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man debuted in 2002, so there may be some fatigue among the general public. After all, 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man only debuted to $62 million, on its way to grossing $262 million domestically.

The new film is expected to do much better than the previous one, though. Some analysts suggest that $90 million is about right, although Entertainment Weekly has predicted a $99 million opening. That would be a bit better than The Winter Soldier’s $95 million debut.

It’s worth noting that ASM 2 has already had a wide release overseas, earning $155 million before it even hits screens here.

The Other Woman is expected to gross around the low teens in its second weekend. It’s made $29.3 million so far and will be the only other movie to cross $10 million this weekend.

There’s two limited releases of note this weekend - Fox Searchlight’s Bella and Focus Features’ Walk of Shame. Focus is also releasing Walk of Shame with Elizabeth Banks on VOD.

You can check out some of the other movies hitting theaters at Trailer Park.



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