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Spider-Man 3 Sets All-Time Record..Kind Of
Saturday, May 05, 2007 - reddit
Spider-Man 3 opened in 4,252 theaters yesterday (that's 10,000+ screens according to Box Office Mojo) raking in an estimated $59 million for the all-time one day record, but it's not all roses if you look at the numbers a little closer.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opened with $55.8 million on 2500 fewer screens, meaning it made more money per screen than did Spider-Man 3. In fact, had Pirates 2 had the same number of theaters and screens, it would have probably pulled in somewhere around $65 million its first day, obliterating Spider-Man 3 by a fair margin.
So this is obviously one of the largest openings ever, but had Pirates 2 been given the same wide release, it would be the record holder today, not Spider-Man 3.
Something to consider, also, is Spider-Man 3's ridiculous production budget of $260 million. This film will have to take in a stunning $520 million in box office proceeds before it will even break even for Columbia. There is little doubt in my mind that they'll make back their coin, I'm simply noting that even if they make somewhere around Pirate 2's roughly $1 billion in worldwide gross, only slightly less than half of that will be actual profit.
This debut is impressive, but don't let media grandstanding take you down the path too far. This opening is about on par with modern era blockbusters. What'll be more interesting is whether or not it'll set the all-time record for worldwide gross, which is currently held by James Cameron's ($1.845 billion)
Distributor Sony is projecting between $135-145 million total for the domestic three-day weekend, leaving the film approximately $187.5 million in debt heading into next week.
Topics: Film, News, Box Office, Spider-Man 3
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