I Have Seen Obliteration, And It Is Spider-Man 3
Apparently, I was one of very few moviegoers to not see Spider-Man 3 this weekend (I’m 90% sure I’m not going to see it tonight). In its first three days, the estimate for its domestic gross is $148 million. That demolishes the previous opening weekend record set by Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest at $135 million. It also grabbed the record for opening day at $59 million. It’s complete lack of competition, rising ticket prices, and theater penetration of over 4,000 screens made the disgustingly massive weekend possible.
But Spider-Man 3 didn’t just dominate here in North America, but overseas as well. It CRUSHED the record for global gross, taking in $227 million. The previous record was held by The Da Vinci Code at $155 million. So by any measure, Spider-Man 3 was a bigger success than anyone could have imagined. Although, the word-of-mouth effect is going to be interesting to watch. I personally don’t know anyone who has seen it yet, but the reaction on the internet is one of most polarized I’ve ever witnessed. Some seem to think it was great fun (but only a few say it’s the best of the trilogy), the majority sit somewhere in the middle, while a bunch continue to state what a trainwreck it was. But the internet has proven to be wrong many times before.
It doesn’t really matter anyway. The movie has already made $375 million worldwide. Holy shit.