The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened in theaters nationwide for Thursday night screenings, pulling in a healthy $8.7 million before its wide release starting today.

In comparison, the sequel bested its predecessor The Amazing Spider-Man, which earned $7.5 million in its preview screenings in 2012. The superhero adventure starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone opened in 353 IMAX screens, accounting for $1.4 million, or 16% of the $8.7 million preview grosses. Director Marc Webb's sequel opens in a whopping 4,324 theaters starting today.

The first weekend in May has traditionally been the kick-off of the summer movie season, and when compared with the last two movies to open in this frame, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 falls a bit short, with Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3 both earning more than $15 million in their Thursday openings.

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While the movie did perform better than the original, it still fell short of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which pulled in $10.2 million from its preview screenings last month, and Warner Bros.' Man of Steel's $9 million last summer. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently tracking to pull in between $85 million and $90 million in its three-day opening weekend, but we'll have to wait until Sunday for the box office estimates.

In addition, concept artists Scott Lukowski and Jonathan Bach have released designs from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which depict the Times Square battle between Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and Electro (Jamie Foxx), and early versions of the Electro character, the blood delivery chamber, the boathouse and the OsCorp estates.

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