“The Amazing Spider-Man” may have officially opened earlier this week, but it’ll undoubtedly be the big movie this weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is on track for a $140 million six-day opening after it’s successful run Tuesday and Wednesday. The reboot has so far made $58.3 million and broke a record along the way. Its $34.2 million opening on Tuesday was the highest Tuesday gross ever, and managed to get the second-highest non-opening Wednesday at $23.3 million.
It’s hard to look at those numbers and consider it amazing after how well “The Avengers” did, but it’s certainly a fair bit of money for what could have been a risk for a reboot of a recent franchise.
I wrote about my thoughts on the movie in yesterday’s blog, and it turns out critics weren’t as tough on it as I was – though they weren’t necessarily excited either.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” comes in at 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but many of the positive reviews weren’t wholly positive. Critics did like the new Spider-Man – Andrew Garfield – which isn’t a surprise given Garfield’s past work in “Never Let Me Go” and “The Social Network.” In the latter, he was the beating heart of that Oscar-nominated movie (even if he wasn’t the one to get nominated), and he brings emotion to this movie as well. I wasn’t as touched by it as some critics, and I thought the movie lacked the fun that superhero movies should probably have. I can understand something a little more serious for Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, but I think “Spider-Man” should probably be a little more on the light-hearted side – along the lines of “The Avengers.” There’s only so much emotion you can trap into a superhero movie without it sucking all the fun out of it.
Critics settled on the fact that it was a quality film – likely because many didn’t have great expectations for it – but it’s not necessarily something about which everyone is raving.
It is however, a much better movie to go to when compared to Oliver Stone’s latest work – “Savages.”
I’m surprised that any movie would be OK with opening alongside a tentpole blockbuster like “The Amazing Spider-Man,” especially when that movie isn’t any more than an action flick.
“Savages” did manage to collect an interesting number of actors – Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch, Uma Thurman and Demian Bichir (last year’s surprise Oscar-nominated actor) – but it isn’t worth much when the movie bogs itself down in its R-rating with some grisly violence. Critics weren’t sure how this fit into the rest of Stone’s filmography, but they weren’t impressed by it.
The movie focuses on a pair of buddies who sell some of the best marijuana ever developed, and of course they get tangled with the Mexican Baja Cartel who wants them out of business. It’s a nasty noir that was too grisly for some critics. It only received 55 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The other “movie” you could go see this weekend actually opened Thursday. “Katy Perry: Part of Me” (in 3-D or 2-D) is the latest movie trying to make money off of what is really just a concert. There is some backstage work that most critics believed is more like a press kit than an actual documentary, but the movie delivers on what you expect – a little drama and mostly Katy Perry singing.
It won’t necessarily be a stellar weekend in terms of movie enjoyment, though I’m sure “The Amazing Spider-Man” will leave this weekend with quite a bit of cash.