Spidey 2 breaks some records

Jul 06, 2004 by Ian Evans

Numbers and records, numbers and records. No matter how you slice it, Spider-Man 2 had a great opening.

In its first six days it pulled in $180 million, beating the previous six-day record of $146.7 million set last year by The Matrix Reloaded. In the first five days since its Wednesday opening, the flick brought in $152.6 million beating the previous Wednesday-Sunday bow record of Shrek 2, which took in $129 million. It also beat Shrek 2’s Friday-Monday 4-day weekend haul, set Memorial Day, by taking in $115.8 million versus the ogre’s $95.6 million. The only record it didn’t break was the standard Friday-Sunday weekend record. The sequel took in $88.3 million, while the original Spider-Man holds that record with $114.8 million.

Fahrenheit 9/11 continued its strong showing by taking the second spot. Already having shattered previous documentary records, the film took in $21 million over the four-day weekend, upping its total box office to $60.1 million. White Chicks still trailed Michael Moore’s film, ending up in third with $12 million, while only $150,000 separated the fourth and fifth place Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ($10.45 million) and The Notebook ($10.3 million).