Spider-Man 3 Smashing European Records, Too!


Spider-Man 3 has bowed powerfully in Europe as well, reports Variety. The movie smashed first-day records in Italy and France, and posted muscular figures in Germany.

The Sony sequel broke Italy’s all-time opening day record, scoring $4 million on 900 screens for its Tuesday, May 1, bow. That pulverized the existing record of $2.5 million held by The Da Vinci Code, and tripled the day one takes of Spidey’s two previous installments.

Early reports from France are also big, with the film racing to $1.4 million on 64 screens in its first day at theaters in the Paris region. Figures for all of France are not yet available.

According to French box office compilers CBO, the first day admissions figure of 175,334 is the highest ever for the Paris region, comfortably ahead of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which did 124,664 admissions at 52 in 2005.

In Germany, Spider-Man 3 grossed $4.6 million from 486,571 admissions on its first day. That puts it on track to easily match the success of the two earlier pics. Spider-Man took $1.6 million in its first four days in Germany, while Spider-Man 2 garnered $10.3 million over four days.