Confusion over the Spider-Man 2, Reloaded Totals

By Paul Martin July 2nd, 2004, in The Matrix Reloaded

There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to the records of the box office totals for Spider-Man 2 and Reloaded. I’ll try to set things straight here.

Spider-Man 2 captured a stunning $40.4 million in it’s opening day on Wednesday. Spider-Man 2 also scored the top Wednesday ever, past The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’s $34.5 million.

The average Fourth of July Wednesday debut can rack up 40% or more of its five-day opening from Wednesday and Thursday alone. With that in mind, Spider-Man 2 could likely top The Matrix Reloaded’s $144.4 million five-day, $151.9 million six-day and $158.2 million opening week records — without the severe front-loadedness that movie suffered.

The Top Five opening days of all time:

1 Spider-Man 2 $40,442,604 W 6/30/04
2 Spider-Man $39,406,872 F 5/03/02
3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $38,268,295 F 6/04/04
4 The Matrix Reloaded $37,508,303 Th 5/15/03
5 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $34,450,834 W 12/17/03
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltim…page=open&p.htm

The Top Ten Single Day Grosses of all time:

1 Shrek 2 Single Day $44,797,042 Date Sa 5/22/04 Gross-to-Date $94,082,519
2 Spider-Man Single Day $43,622,264 Date Sa 5/04/02 Gross-to-Date $83,029,136
3 Spider-Man 2 Single Day $40,442,604 Date W 6/30/04 Gross-to-Date $40,442,604
4 Spider-Man Single Day $39,406,872 Date F 5/03/02 Gross-to-Date $39,406,872
5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Single Day $38,268,295 Date F 6/04/04 Gross-to-Date $38,268,295
6 The Matrix Reloaded Single Day $37,508,303 Date Th 5/15/03 Gross-to-Date $42,508,303
7 Shrek 2 Single Day $34,900,541 Date Su 5/23/04 Gross-to-Date $128,983,060
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Single Day $34,450,834 Date W 12/17/03 Gross-to-Date $34,450,834
9 The Matrix Reloaded Single Day $34,389,237 Date Sa 5/17/03 Gross-to-Date $108,227,933
10 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Single Day $34,213,803 Date Sa 11/16/02 Gross-to-Date $63,845,256
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltim…e=single&p=.htm

Note: The Matrix Reloaded’s top grossing day in 6th place, it’s opening day. Look at the “Gross-to-Date.” Why is that number higher? Because the movie had screenings at 10pm the Wednesday before the Thursday release date that took in about $5 Million.

Therefore, Sony’s Spider-Man 2 record indeed stands. Sorry Matrix Fans. On that note, go see Spider-Man 2. Quite possibly my favorite Comic Book adaptation of all time. Well done!

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