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Andrew Garfield is "The Amazing Spider-Man."
Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man" spun a strong enough web in its worldwide debut to ensure a new future for Sony's marquee franchise, including a six-day domestic opening of $140 million.
Worldwide, the 3D reboot has earned $341.2 million in its first week, including $201.6 million internationally.
"Amazing Spider-Man" topped the international chart over the weekend with $129.1 million, followed by 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: Continental Drift," which earned $80.6 million in its second weekend play for an outstanding foreign cume of $198 million (the 3D toon opens July 13 in North America).
Domestically, "Amazing Spider-Man" -- headlining Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone -- turned in the best performance for the July 4th frame outside of the three "Transformers" pics, "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Spider-Man 2." And among reboots, it easily bested the $79.5 million earned by "Batman Begins" in its first six days, including a three-day opening of $48.7 million.
Opening Tuesday in North America, "Amazing Spider-Man" grossed $65 for the weekend itself, the third best three-day number of summer outside of "The Avengers" and "Brave." "Amazing Spider-Man" was up 15 percent from Friday to Saturday, indicating that the event pic is playing like a family film.
Overall, 75 percent of the audience were general movigoers ages 12 and up, while 25 percent were familes. "Amazing Spider-Man" skewed male (58 percent), while 65 percent of children were boys. The pic received an overall A- CinemaScore, and an A among moviegoers under the age of 25.
"What a spectacular relaunch," Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said. "There are so many facets of this movie that are compelling, including the chemistry between Andrew and Emma and the out-of-the-box direction of Marc Webb."
Imax locations turned in a hefty $14.3 million, 10 percent of the domestic total. Imax should finish the weekend with a global "Spider-Man" gross north of $24 million.
With "Amazing Spider-Man" taking up much of the oxygen at the multiplex, the weekend brought mixed results for new entries
"Savages," Oliver Stone's R-rated crime drama, and concert documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me."
"Savages" did better than anticipated, grossing $16.2 million to come in No. 4 behind "Amazing Spider-Man," "Ted" and Pixar/Disney's "Brave."
"I think the picture performed beyond indstury's expectations in a marketplace where there are a lot of choices," Universal president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco said.
Other box office observers say "Savages" may have ended up competing with fellow Universal pic "Ted" for adults, even though they are very different movies.
"Ted," financed by Media Rights Capital and directed by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, has blossomed into the comedy hit of the summer, falling only 40 percent in its second weekend to $32.6 million for a 10-day domestic cume of $120.2 million.
Overseas, "Ted" soared this weekend in Australia and Taiwan, grossing $13.1 million.
"Savages" earned a C+ CinemaScore, likely due to its surprise ending. The pic skewed slightly female (51 percent), while 61 percent of the audience was over the age of 60.
Universal was so keen on "Savages," based on Don Winslow's best-selling novel, that it moved the film from September to this weekend hoping to woo adults. The pic marks Stone's return to more violent fare and stars Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek.
Universal and Relativity Media partnered to co-finance "Savages," which cost $45 million to produce.
Paramount Insurge's "Part of Me" posted a four-day debut of $10.3 million after opening on Thursday; for the weekend proper, the film earned $7.2 million to place No. 8.
Either way, that's substantially lower than the openings for two other concert docs: fellow Insurge pic "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" ($29.4 million last year) and Disney's "Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" ($31.1 million in 2008), though those films debuted outside of summer.
Paramount is on solid ground financially, though, since "Part of Me" only cost $12 million to produce.
"We were the best-reviewed new movie of the weekend, so we feel confident that the film will continue to find an audience," Paramount president of domestic marketing and distribution Megan Colligan said.
"Part of Me" also received a glowing A CinemaScore, which should help spread good word of mouth, particularly as moms and younger girls become available. More than 80 percent of the audience turning out for "Part of Me" were females, while 72 percent were under the age of 25.
Among holdovers, "Brave" grossed a strong $20.2 million in its third weekend for a domestic cume of $174.5 million and $211.1 million worldwide. On Sunday -- thanks to "Brave" and "The Avengers" -- Disney becomes the first studio this year to cross the $1 billion mark in domestic grosses.
Steven Soderbergh's male striptease dramedy "Magic Mike" fell 60 percent in its weekend to an estimated $15.6 million for a stellar domestic cume of $72.8 million.
At the specialty box office, both "Moonrise Kingdom" and "To Rome With Love" made a strong showing, coming in No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" landed on the top 10 chart in only its third weekend. Expanding into a total of 806 theaters nationwide, the Sony Pictures Classics' film grossed $3.5 million for a cume of $5.3 million.
Focus Features' "Moonrise Kingdom," from Wes Anderson, is an indie hit, grossing $4.6 million in its seventh weekend for a cume of $26.9 million.
Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed "Beasts of the Southern Wild" grossed $375,587 as it expanded into a total of 19 theaters in its second weekend, grossing $375,587 for a location average of $19,768 and cume of $745,376.
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