Monday, May 20, 2024

Sony Trots Out Spider Man Retrospective After Ghosbusters Freezes, Madame Web Unwinds


The number 2 movie at the box office yesterday? “Spider Man.” Yeah, the first one with Tobey Maguire.


Sony is unleashing a marathon of their eight “Spider Man” movies into theaters. Every Monday for the next 7 weeks will bring a new old chapter, from the Maguire films through the Andrew Garfield era, and into Tom Holland.

It’s a good idea. Sony has had a tough time with a big loser like “Madame Web” and a middling hit in “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.” The latter still hasn’t hit $100 million.

I’ve joked in this space that all their movies should have a Spider Man connection. So why not just revisit the whole curriculum? I’m surprised the animated films aren’t included.

“Spider Man” made $680,000 last night in just 466 theaters. Stan Lee must be smiling in heaven. People can’t get enough of that damn story!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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