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Box Office: Supes vs Spidey Round 2

The last time I posted about the Spider-Man box office results compared to the Superman Returns figures I asked the question “how, in any way shape or form, does Spiderman beat Superman?”. The answer, at the time, was tentatively, “At the Box Office!”… Well, it seems that the point is being brought home in a big way by a couple of stories that have been doing the rounds of the usual sites over the last couple of days.

The first is based on reports that Warner Bros. are unhappy with the Superman Returns numbers and that, as a result, the likelihood of a sequel gets slimmer by the day. At last count Superman Returns had managed to reach only $163 million in the US and a disappointing $207.3 million world wide. Now, while these are some nice big numbers, when you take into account the fact that the film’s production budget was $209 million (some rumors even suggest that the budget was actually as high as $250 mill), you can begin to see why the bean counters at WB may be a little jumpy. It may also help to compare the Pirates of the Caribbean 2 figures. Pirates 2, which was released just a week after Superman Returns, has collected $324.6 million world wide thus far and its production budget was $59 mill less than Brian Singer’s Superman Returns.

As it turns out, those figures allow for a nice segue here, as it is Spiderman 2 that the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel has beaten out of various box office records.

In a recent interview J.K. Simmons mentioned that there is already talk of a fourth Spiderman movie… and the third one isn’t even finished yet! Simmons, who plays the part of J. Jonah Jameson (publisher, editor-in-chief and Peter Parker’s boss at the Daily Bugle), responded to sequel talk by saying:

Yeah, it got mentioned. In fact, the last couple of days I shot was at the very end of the schedule we were doing some night-action scenes in New York” and [director] Sam [Raimi] was talking about it. It’s not a done deal because everybody’s deals, including Sam Raimi’s and all the actors’, were for three pictures. But he’s certainly open to doing more. [more]

Sure, this is only anecdotal and doesn’t really amount to much, but it is a great example of how much, well earned, faith that the people behind the Spiderman franchise have in their product… which is more than can be said for the man of steel right now. [source]

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