'Spider-Man' Grabs $4.2 Million on Wednesday Before 'Star Wars'

by Brandon Gray
May 16, 2002

On Wednesday, the day before the launch of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Spider-Man caught $4,243,044, down 49.0% from last Wednesday and off just 6.3% from Tuesday.

In 13 days, the Marvel Comics adaptation has racked up $237,021,890, jumping two spots on the all time chart from Tuesday to No. 25. The famed webslinger's tally sits between Ghostbusters' $238,632,124 and Beverly Hills Cop's $234,760,478. Star Wars should cut into business on Thursday, but Spider-Man should nonetheless be at about $240 million by then.

Spider-Man looks like it will cross the $300 million mark by its 24th day of release (May 26), breaking yet another record by becoming the fastest movie to reach that milestone.

Current title holder Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace hit $300 million in 28 days en route to a $431,088,297 final gross. On its second Wednesday, it earned $5,295,848 for $217,854,543 after 15 days. The second fastest to $300 million, Titanic, took 44 days on its way to becoming the highest grossing movie of all time at $600,788,188, while Harry Potter crossed the milestone in 52 days and is close to the end of its run with $317,503,512 in the till.

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