Okay, so it didn’t do Spider-Man 2 numbers, but Superman Returns did bring in $21 million on its opening day — making it the eighth-best midweek debut in Hollywood history.
Spider-Man 2 raked in $40.4 million when it debuted the last Wednesday of June 2004.
ICv2.com has a good analysis of the box-office figures and what they might mean, noting that Superman Returns “far surpassed” last year’s $15 million debut for Batman Begins.
“Since Batman Begins went on to earn $205 million domestically, Superman Returns might well end up as the most popular film of 2006 if it develops Batman Begins-type legs,” ICv2 writes.
According to the retailer website, opening-day audiences were 58 percent male, and “evenly split between the over and under 25 age bracket.”