The Amazing Spider-Man wows SA

2012-07-17 16:15
Johannesburg – The Amazing Spider-Man has caught SA audiences in its web, taking the No 1 position at the box office with a massive R7.6m opening weekend.

The Marvel comics reboot also became Sony Pictures Releasing International's (SPRI) biggest opening of all time in South Africa.

The Amazing Spider-Man's three-day gross box-office haul of R7.6m makes it the biggest ever reboot of a franchise in the country's history.

Thobashan Govindarajulu, Marketing Manager for SPRI at Ster Kinekor Entertainment said: "Spider-Man is a franchise much-loved by South Africans and we are proud to have been able to join forces with local and global licensing and promotional partners and be a part of the worldwide success of the film. As always, Spidey fans really are amazing."

IN PICTURES: The Amazing Spider-Man

The massive local performance of the movie comes on the heels of a first-week taking of $140m (R1.15bn) in the US.

The Amazing Spider-Man has equally enthralled audiences worldwide, taking $500m at the international box office to date. 

Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield as awkward teenager Peter Parker who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and is awoken to his destiny as the masked hero Spider-Man.

Emma Stone stars as his high school sweetheart Gwen Stacy with Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, and SA actress Embeth Davidtz as Peter's mother. Martin Sheen and Sally Field star as Peter's Uncle Ben and Aunt May.

The Amazing Spider-Man is currently playing in cinemas in 3D and 2D.


  • freddie.miff - 2012-07-17 15:58

    Enjoyed the movie, however the 3D effects were disappointing and almost non existant. I would not waste the extra money and rather just see it in 2D.

  • kgaugelo.mashilo.9 - 2012-07-17 16:36

    I was there and the only difference I saw was that they showed us how his parents died and few changes here and there, for me it was spiderman1 but I'm glad my daughter enjoyed it, welldone

  • clive.gerada - 2012-07-17 16:48

    untold story se voet, very similar to the toby mcquire spiderman, all 3D films IMO are a waste of money, watching a movie with sunglasses on is a showstopper for me, and especially films with lots of action since I find that the 3 D versions are not only duller (sunglasses effect) but the motion is Blurry.

  • peter.lloyd.5036 - 2012-07-17 16:59

    Nice try Nu-Metro/SterKinekor... according to international audiences the movie is just above mediocre.

  • Boom - 2012-07-17 19:27

    I enjoyed 8/10 - I just didn't like the 1st Spiderman green goblin so having a meaner bigger CGI lizard did the trick. Plus the acting is a notch above. It's not the untold story, it's just the 1st story done better.

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-07-17 19:35

    can only laugh @ the people who watch 3D movies. none are worth it, stick to 2D until real 3D is out

  • young.cet - 2012-07-18 07:28

    the movie was great and all but i still think the director focused more on revealing where spider-man originated which if you watch the first spider-man, the script is less or more the same in case of the spider-man origins.

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