'Spider-Man' Ties 'Titanic' $400 Million Record

by Brandon Gray
July 8, 2002

Landing at No. 13 in its 10th weekend, Spider-Man snared $2,204,636 at 1,502 theaters, down a modest 29%. In the process, the webbed wonder reached a new milestone—one that only four other pictures have in the history of the box office.

On Sunday—its 66th day of release—Spidey swung past the quadruple century mark, landing at $400,058,357 to be exact. Only Titanic ($600,788,188), Star Wars ($461,038,066), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ($434,974,579) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($431,088,297) have earned more, and only two of them—Titanic and Phantom Menace—topped $400 million in a single run like Spidey has.

What's more, the Marvel Comics adaptation tied Titanic as the fastest movie in history to hit $400 million. Although, if one wanted to break the time each picture took down further, then Titanic is still the clear winner. It had $402,561,881 by its 66th day, suggesting it crossed the milestone earlier in the day than Spider-Man did.

The disparity is magnified if the grosses are adjusted for ticket price inflation. By that measure, Titanic took 51 days to reach $400 million in ticket sales. However, such an adjustment would actually push The Phantom Menace into pole position. Since its business was more frontloaded than Titanic's, it reached an adjusted $400 million in just 42 days.

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