Spider-Man 3 Opening Sets Asian Box-Office Records
According to Variety, Sony's Spider-Man 3 set records Tuesday in every one of the eight Asian territories in which it bowed. The movie opens in dozens of other territories in the next few days, culminating Friday in its domestic launch on 4,253 theaters, the widest North American opening of all time.
The film launched Tuesday in more than a dozen key territories, including Japan, France, Germany, Italy and South Korea. Another eight go today, with 30 more on Thursday (including China, Australia and Russia) and an additional 30 on Friday (including the U.K. and India).
European markets should report their initial tallies today. In its opening day Tuesday, Sony estimated that the pic hit 415 million Yen ($3.47 million) in Japan, beating Spider-Man 2's million Yen. The first Spider-Man took in °ȗ million in its first day in Japan in 2004.
In Korea, Spider-Man 3 also beat out one-day marks for its predecessors, taking in 3.2 billion won ($3.44 million), Sony honcho Jeff Blake said.
In Hong Kong, Spidey saw the biggest opening day of all time, with $HK7.5 million ($958,984), besting previous record holder Kung Fu Hustle.
The movie also drew the biggest ever opening day of any film in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. In Taiwan, it saw the biggest weekday opening ever.