The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got off to a strong start yesterday, though it was a step down from previous installments in the esteemed franchise.
The fifth Spider-Man movie—and second in the reboot series—earned an estimated $35.5 million on Friday. That includes $8.7 million from late Thursday shows. That's not quite the biggest opening day of the year so far, as that honor still belongs to last month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($36.9 million). It is almost identical to the first Amazing Spider-Man, which earned $35.9 million on a Tuesday (that includes Monday night previews).
It fares much worse when compared to the Sam RaimiSpider-Man movies, which had two outings open on the first weekend of May. The original opened to $39.4 million in 2002, while Spider-Man 3 earned $59.8 million in 2007.
There are still a wide range of possibilities for the weekend. On the low end, it could following Iron Man 2's pattern and wind up with $89 million. The high end is Thor: The Dark World's pattern, which would put it at $95 million.
It will likely do above-average business with family audiences, though that may not be enough to combat so-so reviews (55 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and word-of-mouth ("B+" CinemaScore). Our best guess is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finishes the weekend with around $93 million.
In a distant second place, The Other Woman dropped 48 percent to $4.8 million. Through eight days, the Cameron Diaz comedy has grossed $37.9 million.
Heaven is for Real took third place with $2.4 million (down 41 percent). It's now earned $59.3 million, and will pass Son of God ($59.6 million) sometime today.
Facing direct competition from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell 53 percent to $2.1 million. It's now earned over $231 million at the domestic box office.
Rio 2 rounded out the Top Five with $1.7 million (down 48 percent). On Friday, the animated sequel crossed the $100 million mark.