By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
After crushing multiple box office records last weekend -- most of which came from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest -- Spider-Man 3 did miss one important one. According to early estimates, Black Spidey will fall considerably short on taking the title of 'biggest opening week ever'. Who holds such a title? You guess it, Dead Man's Chest.
Spider-Man 3 Goes Into Second Weekend
Looks like this debate still has some ground. Though Spider-Man 3 did open beyond everybody's expectations, including Sony's, the film may not have the staying power to be a box office competitor with the soon-to-be-released Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End.
Last year Dead Man's Chest sailed to $196 million its opening week while Spider-Man 3 was only estimated at $176.1 million this Wednesday. Unless some sort of miracle happens, it looks like Dead Man's Chest will hold onto at least this box office title.
Though Sony will have to face quite a few new wide releases this weekend including Georgia Rule, 28 Weeks Later, Delta Farce and The Ex., none of them -- save 28 Weeks Later, which is entering theaters on a contaminated cloud of positive buzz -- will give Spidey direct competition.
Sony's last big opportunity to score big with Spider-Man 3 will be next weekend where the film will have to face the wide release of Shrek the Third. Though the DreamWorks animation is bound to steal a good chunk of moviegoers, early negative reviews could dampen its effect. The weekend after that we have Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, which could have moviegoers asking, "Spidey who?"