By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
Though our readers still believe that Pirates 3 will be the box office victor over Spider-Man 3, you have to give Spidey credit for opening big. Sure, the film doesn't hit the States until late Thursday night, but it has already taken some Asian territories by storm.
Spider-Man 3 Breaks Records in Asian Territories
Spider-Man 3 set records Tuesday in every one of the eight Asian territories in which it bowed. This moneytrain should serve as a warmup to the film's ginormous domestic release on 4,253 screens this Friday -- the widest North American opening of all time.
Spider-Man 3 smoked its predecessors in Japan, with Sony estimating a take of $3.47 million (¥415 million). It doesn't seem like a lot, but the number slightly beats out Spider-Man 2 and gives the original installment's ¥347 million a smack on the face... mask.
In Hong Kong, Spider-Man 3 saw the biggest opening bow with $HK7.5 million ($958,984), besting previous record holder Kung Fu Hustle.
Even with the big start, Columbia Pictures isn't taking any chances. Spider-Man 2's release on 4,152 screens was outdone by Shrek 2's 4,163. Trying to hold onto the title of 'most screens ever', Columbia Pictures has increased the spread to 4,253 theaters.
With a budget that is supposedly approaching the $500 million mark, can you blame them?