Deadline reports that Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man earned $35 million (though rival studios put the amount at around $32 million) for Tuesday night.
This will set a new record for a Tuesday opening (helped by 3D pricing), pulling ahead of the original 2D Transformers, which debuted on July 3, 2007 to $27.8 million. A Sony executive said: "That is one huge number. Unbelievable start to what should be a very exciting 6 days."
Meanwhile, the film seems to be well-liked, as it has an A- in Cinemascore from audiences, with an A from those under the age of 18. This should only help the box office as it gets good word of mouth. The film opened in 4318 theaters domestically.
There were previously reports that Sony was "trying to keep a lid" on the amount. An executive said at the time: "At the end of the matinees we still have an incredible story to tell, especially knowing its a Tuesday night and not a Friday night. But the numbers don't lie."
The movie had opened at midnight on Tuesday with $7.5 million from 3,150 theaters and made another $9.3 million in matinees and pre-sales, which got it $16.8 million before last night. IMAX midnight showings earned $1.2 million on 300 screens for $400 per screen. The midnight earnings were the same as Iron Man 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and Spider-Man 3 (which only played in 3,031 theaters). Internationally, the film earned $50.2 million last weekend, even bigger than The Avengers in some of the 13 international markets.
The executive added: "Is it crazy to hope to get $9M or $10M more out of a Tuesday night? We're right up there with big boys, giving us a great hand-off."