July 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM ET
Marc Webb's 3-D superhero tentpole "The Amazing Spider-Man" set off early July 4th fireworks at the domestic box office.
The $220 million Sony reboot -- looking to relaunch the franchise by going back to the beginning with a new cast -- nabbed the top opening for a Tuesday with roughly $35 million, eclipsing the $27.9 million debut of "Transformers" on the same Tuesday in 2007.
In more good news for Sony, "Spider-Man" received an A- CinemaScore, and an A from moviegoers under the age of 18.
"Spider-Man," starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is being helped at the box office by the upcharge for a 3-D ticket and is doing big business in Imax theaters, the favorite venue of fanboys. Roughly 300 Imax theaters contributed $4 million to the $35 million booty.
Estimates vary in terms of how much "Spider-Man" will earn in its six-day debut. Bullish observers believe it could earn $120 million to $140 million. "Transformers" grossed $155.4 million in its six-day debut after opening on Tuesday, although it grossed $8.8 million in advance Monday night shows and a total of $13.5 million including midnight runs.
The tentpole, also starring Martin Sheen, Denis Leary and Sally Fields, is off to a stellar start overseas, where it debuted to $50 million last weekend in only 11 territories.
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