Spider-Man 3 hauls in $373 million in first six days

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Los Angeles (CA) – Spiderman 3 shattered box office records and can claim to have posted the most successful national and global movie opening to date.

According to Sony Pictures, tickets worth more than $373 million were sold at the worldwide box office in its first six days of release. The opening revenues surpassed the previous record holder, "Stars Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," which grossed $254 million in a comparable time period.

On a national basis, the movie is also expected to reach a new record level and rake in $148 million within the first three days. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the previous record holder, pulled in $135.6 million during its debut weekend. The first Spider-Man movie grossed $114.8 million during its first three days.

Spider-Man 3 now also holds the all-time high for the biggest opening day in the U.S., bringing in $59.3 million on Friday. Overseas revenues on Friday were estimated at $45 million, bringing Spider-Man 3’s one day total to $104 million. The opening day of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest came in at $55.8 million.

According to Sony Pictures, Spider-Man 3 cost $258 million to produce.