LOS ANGELES, July 4 "The Amazing Spider-Man" lit
up U.S. and Canadian box offices on its first day in movie
theaters, catching $35 million in its sticky web and breaking a
record for a Tuesday opening, distributor Sony Pictures
Entertainment said on Wednesday.
Sony Pictures said the 3D movie's box office total, which
included $4 million from giant Imax theater screens, broke the
previous record of $27.8 million for a Tuesday debut held by the
first "Transformers" film that opened on July 3, 2007.
The studio projects domestic ticket sales of $110 million to
$120 million from Tuesday through Sunday, which encompasses
Wednesday's Independence Day holiday in the United States.
But some box office watchers see totals of $125 million or
more. After its 2007, opening "Transformers" went on to grab
over $146 million in its first six days in domestic theaters,
according to Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com Box Office.
Sony spent about $215 million to produce the
highly-anticipated film, plus tens of millions more on
"The Amazing Spider-Man" reboots the modern film series that
began with 2002's "Spider-Man" and over three movies netted
around $2.5 billion at global box offices for its makers Marvel
Studios and distributor Sony Pictures.
Sony Pictures is a division of Sony Corp and Marvel
is part of The Walt Disney Co.