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Monday
Jul092012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Debuts on Top with $65 Million

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man’s debut at the box office was simply amazing.

The Amazing Spider-Man was the easy winner over the weekend, earning an estimated $65 million.  The superhero reboot has raked in $140 million since opening last Tuesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man, which debuted earlier in some foreign countries, has also raked in a total of more than $201 million internationally.

The previous box office champ, Ted, finished the weekend in second place, raising $32.6 million.

Oliver Stone’s latest film, Savages, premiered in the fourth spot, with $16.2 million.

The concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me was a flop in eighth place, with just $7.2 million.  The behind-the-scenes look at Katy Perry’s most recent tour has made $10.3 million since arriving in theaters last Thursday.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Amazing Spider-Man, $65 million
2. Ted, $32.6 million
3. Brave, $20.2 million
4. Savages, $16.2 million
5. Magic Mike, $15.6 million
6. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, $10.2 million
7. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, $7.7 million
8. Katy Perry: Part of Me, $7.2 million
9. Moonrise Kingdom, $4.6 million
10. To Rome with Love, $3.5 million

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Thursday
Jul052012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Sets Tuesday Record with $35M Opening

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony's 3D reboot of the Spider-Man franchise starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, earned roughly $35 million when it debuted Tuesday, a record for that day of the week.

It easily surpassed the $27.9 million debut of Transformers on Tuesday, July 3, 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Amazing Spider-Man's opening-day gross included $7.5 million in Monday midnight earnings, and about 300 IMAX theaters contributed $4 million to the total.  Some industry insiders believe the film could earn between $120 million and $140 million during its six-day debut through this weekend.

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Monday
Jul022012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Opens Tuesday

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man swings back into theaters Tuesday, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The Amazing Spider-Man casts The Social Network actor Andrew Garfield as the Marvel web-slinger. In the reboot, Peter Parker/Spider-Man is on a mission to find out why his parents disappeared when he was a kid. Along the way, he clashes with his father’s former partner, Dr. Curt Connors played by Rhys Ifans, who becomes the villain The Lizard.

Emma Stone and Denis Leary also star in The Amazing Spider-Man, which is screening in 3D. It’s rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Movie Review: "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- As a film fan, I was simply not ready for a Spider-Man reboot. The Amazing Spider-Man is as necessary as plain yogurt (I’ll never understand plain yogurt. Does anybody eat plain ice cream?).  Still, according to producer Avi Arad, his team is bringing the teen web-slinger back to introduce him to all of the 16- and 17-year-olds who were too young to remember when the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire cartoonish, mostly fun first Spider-Man movies came out, the first of which was way back in 2002.
 
Whether I believe that or not, they've certainly proven the brand to be profitable enough to reboot the franchise for whatever reason they choose.  They even went out and hired (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb to reintroduce and reinvigorate the Spider-Man franchise.  Yes, a man whose last name is Webb is directing The Amazing Spider-Man.  Kind of like hiring a meteorologist with the last name Storm.  As it turns out, hiring Webb was an excellent choice.
 
In The Amazing Spider-Man, we meet soon-to-be-hero Peter Parker as a child. His father, Richard Parker, a scientist for Oscorp, is protecting a secret.  When his home office is breached one night, it’s suddenly time for Dad (Campbell Scott) to grab his wife and child and head to his brother’s house (Uncle Ben, played Martin Sheen) where he drops Peter off, leaves a leather briefcase and drives away, never to return.
 
Cut to high school, where we meet Andrew Garfield’s lanky, quiet but angsty-under-the surface boy genius version of Peter Parker.  While pensive Peter is constantly bothered by bully Flash Thompson, he never runs away.  On the contrary, when Peter sees Flash bullying somebody else, his natural instinct is to protect the weak, although things don’t work out so well for him. Who saves the day?  Why, it’s Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone, sporting her natural blonde hair color).
 
Now we come to the part where I tell you everything you really need to know about this movie.  The scene when Peter asks Gwen out, well after he's acquired his Spidey-senses and powers, is an absolute treat.  This is part of the magic that Webb brings to the project and highlights the chemistry that, I believe, led to Garfield and Stone’s off-screen romance. It's the truest scene in the movie and teems with an adorable, innocent awkwardness uncommon to any super-hero flick.  Many big-budget action flicks try to make characters seem organic. Garfield and Stone are organic. As are Martin Sheen's Uncle Ben, Sally Field as Aunt May and Denis Leary as Captain Stacy.
 
And then there's the great Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors, aka The Lizard.  Richard Parker’s former partner is a genius scientist hell-bent on finding a way to regenerate cells so he can grow back his missing arm.  Ifans can actually sweat hubris if you need him to and in The Amazing Spider-Man, he sweats buckets of it.  When we get to the point where he becomes The Lizard, his moral struggle between remaining human or injecting himself with the serum that allows him to become The Lizard (Am I man, or am I Super Lizard?) is palpable.
 
You’ll notice I’ve said very little about the action.  The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t so much about web-slinging, jumping off buildings and swinging from construction cranes as it is the characters -- and these are excellent characters, supported by enough eye-popping 3D action to satisfy, well, everybody.  With the possible exception of those who suffer from vertigo or fear of heights.
 
So yes, while I wasn’t ready for another Spider-Man movie, Marc Webb and company have put together an unusually satisfying and well-rounded reboot that serves as an excellent introduction to a new franchise.  The Amazing Spider-Man isn't always exciting in the conventional super-hero sense but the realism in these characters will keep your imagination tethered (by a web) to the story.
 
Four out of five stars.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Debuts Online

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The much-anticipated trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man hit the Web on Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half-minute clip bills the movie as "the untold story" of Spider-Man, portrayed by The Social Network actor Andrew Garfield.

Much like the 2002 Spider-Man film that starred Tobey Maguire as the Marvel superhero, The Amazing Spider-Man explores how Peter Parker became a web-slinger -- though the events that lead up to Parker's transformation are different this time around.

The trailer touches upon Spider-Man/Parker's relationships with his parents; his love interest Gwen Stacy, portrayed by Emma Stone; and Gwen's father, a police officer played by Denis Leary who doesn't take kindly to Spidey's crime-fighting efforts.  We're also introduced to Rhys Ifans' villainous Lizard.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3.

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