LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sprang to the top of the North American box office this weekend, its first in movie theaters, industry estimates showed on Sunday.
The sequel featuring Andrew Garfield in the title character’s celebrated red and blue tights took in US$92 million (S$115.8 million) in 4,324 theatres, outperforming the original that went on to gross US$262 million.
Falling to number two, romantic comedy The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz earned US$14.2 million its second week in theaters.
Heaven Is For Real, starring Greg Kinnear as the father of a four-year-old boy who wakes up from emergency surgery with a story about going to heaven and back, held on to third place with US$8.7 million in receipts.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, based on the iconic Marvel superhero starring Chris Evans, dropped to fourth from last week’s second place finish. It pulled in US$7.8 million.
Animated flick Rio 2 about a family of blue Macaw parrots with voices by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway slipped a notch to fifth with a gross of US$7.6 million.
Behind it in sixth, grossing US$3.5 million in its second week, was Brick Mansions, a futuristic crime drama starring the late actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a high speed crash last November.
Divergent, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name, took in US$2.2 million, enough to lift into seventh place from ninth last week. Over seven weeks, it has grossed US$142.7 million.
Eighth place went to The Quiet Ones, the British horror film starring Jared Harris – son of late acting legend Richard Harris – which earned $2.0 million.
God’s Not Dead, in which a student tries to prove God’s existence, dipped in box office earnings to US$1.77 million in its seventh week out, but still rose in the rankings to ninth.
Rounding out the top 10 was The Grand Budapest Hotel, with $1.7 million.