<b><i>Spidey</i></b> Back in Top 10, <b><i>MiB2</i></b> is Tops Overseas - Mania.com

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Spidey Back in Top 10, MiB2 is Tops Overseas

By Rob M. Worley     September 09, 2002

Spider-Manis back in the top 10 according to the weekend summary at BoxOffice Mojo. The comic-to-film double bill of Spider-Man and MenIn Black II, released by Sony on Friday, racked up an estimated $2million in ticket sales, making it the #9 film at the box office.

The comic powercouple edged out the surfer girls of Blue Crush (the #10 flick)but couldn't quite top former comic book villain Stephen Dorff's fear dotcom, which took in over $2.3 million, making it the #8 movie.

Meanwhile, Varietyreports that many domestic smashes have not fared well overseas this year.However MiB2 is bucking that trend with its foreign box officetopping its U.S. take.

The sequel'sinternational take topped $215 million as of September 3rd. It enjoyed hugeopenings in Spain and Portugal, in both cases topping the debut of the firstfilm. MiB2 is also the #1 movie in France for the fourth week in arow. It makes its debut in Italy on the 13th.

Varietyalso reports that the movie's surging performance, along with strong numbersfrom xXx and the early summer success of Spider-Man,has been a boon to Sony's extraordinary year. The studio's overall internationaltake topped the $1 billion mark on Sunday. This is the second fastest time for astudio to reach that milestone. The fastest was 20th Century Fox's 1998 runwhich was powered by James Cameron's Titanic.

Worldwide,Sony's tallied $2.4 billion and aims to break Fox's '98 sum of $2.68 billion.


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