IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man 3: The IMAX Experience has grossed more than $20 million worldwide since premiering on May 3, 2007. The picture continued its heroic box office performance by reaching the $20 million milestone faster than any other 2D digitally re-mastered IMAX release, between its opening on May 3 and June 3, 2007. Spider-Man 3 is currently playing on 84 domestic IMAX screens and 34 international IMAX screens, the largest opening in IMAX's 40-year history. The film's overall worldwide box office total is now more than $844 million, making Spider-Man 3 the highest grossing film in the Spider-Man franchise and the highest grossing movie in Sony Pictures' history.
"We're very impressed by the box office success of Spider-Man 3 in IMAX venues," said Rory Bruer, President, Domestic Distribution, Sony Pictures Releasing. "The IMAX release clearly has been well-received by Spider-Man fans, and we anticipate they will continue to fill theatres around the world to experience Spider-Man 3 in a unique and compelling way."
"Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures and the Spider-Man filmmakers delivered an incredible film to the IMAX theatre network, and we are so pleased to have partnered with them again," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The film's record-breaking success is a testament to a formula that is well-suited to IMAX's format, and the audience response further demonstrates demand for that 'wow' factor."
Spider-Man 3 is directed by Sam Raimi, who also directed the first two blockbuster installments of the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. The picture reunites the cast led by Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. To date, the Spider-Man series has surpassed $2.4 billion in worldwide box office receipts.
In Spider-Man 3, based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. As Spider-Man basks in the public's adulation for his accomplishments and he is pursued by Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), who rivals M.J. for his affections, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. His newfound self-assuredness is jeopardized when he faces the battle of his life against two of the most feared villains ever (Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace), whose unparalleled power and thirst for retribution threaten Peter and everyone he loves.