While some fans are calling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the worst entry in the franchise, it is faring quite well with general audiences and even some critics. The Sony sequel pulled in $35.5 million on opening day Friday ($8.7 million coming from advanced Thursday screenings). That's only $5 million less than Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 saw back in 2004, when it earned a little over $40 million, opening on a Wednesday in June.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the fifth movie in Sony's Marvel franchise, and audiences may be feeling a bit of fatigue. It also doesn't help that fans have been bombarded with marketing material, including a number of clips, trailers and TV spots, that gave most of the film's big secrets away before its release in American theaters. Opening the film internationally two weeks in advance of its stateside debut didn't help either.
With all of that taken into consideration, the sequel is faring better than expected. And it seems to be pulling in the highly coveted family audiences. The film is currently on track for a $94 million weekend. So far, it has earned a global tally of $190 million.
While the film is Rotten with 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, general audiences are being kinder, giving it a B+ cinema score. And it is really resonating with those under 25, as they've awarded it an A-.
In comparing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, we must consider that box office attendance has declined in the ten years since the original Sony sequel debuted. Right now, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has the second biggest opening day of 2014 behind Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which took in a slightly higher gross with $36.9 million. And The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is on track with the The Amazing Spider-Man, which pulled in $35.9 million, opening on a Tuesday back in July of 2012.
While most audiences are enjoying the film as a fun summer adventure, the hardcore fans complain that the sequel is bloated and doesn't have a central storyline. And that there are too many characters. This second chapter in the Peter Parker Saga is being used to set up a number of spin-offs, including Venom and The Sinister Six, which distracts from the main arc of its central protagonist. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are coming under fire for their script. This is the exact same thing that happened with their Star Trek Into Darkness, another movie considered the worst in its franchise by many fans. Some critics have even compared The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the abominable super hero films of the 90s, calling it the successor to Joel Schumacher's abysmal Batman & Robin. But can it really be that bad? General audiences don't think so.
Have you seen Spider-Man 2? Will you see it again? Does it deserve the label of worst movie in the franchise?