He wasn't exactly amazing, but Spider-Man remains pretty impressive.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the fifth film in the web-slinger's 12-year stint on the big screen, swung to an easy win at theatres this weekend.
Spidey netted US$92 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Rentrak. The debut met most analysts' stratospheric expectations, though it couldn't match the original, which bowed to US$115 million in 2002, the first film to open above US$100 million.
"It was a step down from previous instalments in the esteemed franchise," says Ray Subers of website Box Office Mojo. Still, it was miles beyond its 2012 predecessor, which opened to US$62 million on its way to US$262 million overall.
Comic books have become a summer staple. Notes Rentrak's Paul Dergarabedian: "A Marvel movie has kicked off every summer movie season since 2007."
Critics weren't particularly kind to the Andrew Garfield sequel: just 54 per cent of the nation's reviewers gave it a thumbs-up, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Fans were only slightly warmer: about 76 per cent liked the movie, the website says, while audiences gave it a collective B-plus, according to CinemaScore.
The comedy The Other Woman dropped to second place, taking in US$14.2 million. The shot-in-Manitoba drama Heaven Is for Real took third with US$8.7 million, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier with US$7.8 million. The animated comedy Rio 2 rounded out the top five with US$7.6 million.
-- USA Today