“The Amazing Spider-Man” swings back to action with $140 million launch

Andrew Garfield is shown in a scene from &quotThe Amazing Spider-Man.
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Andrew Garfield is shown in a scene from "The Amazing Spider-Man.
Posted July 08, 2012, at 5:56 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has spun himself a $65 million opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at U.S. theaters.

Overseas, Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” added $129.1 million, raising its international total to $201.6 million and worldwide haul to $341.2 million since it began rolling out a week earlier in some foreign markets.

The movie started off as a smaller domestic moneymaker than the previous three Spidey films, but it laid to rest objections that it was too soon to relaunch the superhero franchise.

The new origin story for the Marvel Comics web-slinger comes just five years after “Spider-Man 3,” Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi’s final movie in a series that shattered box-office records.

The previous weekend’s No. 1 film, Universal’s teddy-bear comedy “Ted,” fell to second-place with $32.6 million, raising its domestic total to $120.2 million.

Among new releases, Oliver Stone’s drug-war thriller “Savages” opened at No. 4 with a solid $16.2 million weekend, also for Universal. Paramount’s concert film “Katy Perry: Part of Me” failed to pack in the pop star’s fans, debuting a distant No. 8 with just $7.2 million.

Going into wide release after two weekends in a handful of theaters, Woody Allen’s ensemble romance “To Rome with Love” broke into the top-10 with $3.5 million. The Sony Pictures Classics release lifted its domestic total to $5.3 million.

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