Box Office: Supes vs Spidey
In typical ‘God hates elroy’ style I was stuck in meetings all day yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to slip into my blue and red pajamas and hit the cinema to see Superman Returns. My absence doesn’t seem to have hurt the box office numbers for the man of steal’s opening day, which have it in 8th behind two of those Ring movies that Peter Jackson made, War of the Worlds and Spiderman 2.
Honestly though how, in any way shape or form, does Spider-man beat Superman? I don’t mean in a fight… because the answer to that is so ridiculously obvious that it doesn’t even warrant discussion… I mean at the box office. In my mind this should have been a complete walk over for Supes. Given the characters history, fan base and, lets face it, Superman is at the top of the food chain as far as superheros go. Could it be that audiences are not yet ready to forgive and forget for the last of the Reeve movies?
Don’t get me wrong, $21 million is not an opening to sneeze at, but it’s just over half of Spiderman 2’s record ($40.4 million) and yes, Spidey had the strength of the previous movie to build on… but even still, coupling Brian Singer’s reputation from the X-Men flicks and Superman’s stature something seems amiss here and I can’t quite put my finger on what it could be. [source]
Those of you who think that Spiderman had something of a free ride at the box office (in comparison to the baggage that Batman Begins and Superman Returns had to over come) must have short memories. Anybody else remember this?: