Spider-Man Decoded: Untangling the Amazing Web of Profit

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The first Spider-Man film took 22 years to develop, but it sure paid off when it finally hit theatres in 2002. Starring Tobey Maguire as protagonist Peter Parker, it was the first film to reach $100 million in its first weekend, including a record-breaking opening day of $39,406,872. Spider-Man 2 broke its own record two years later, with $43.6 million. The final leg of the trilogy was critically panned, but its impact was already made: CNBC reports the Spider-Man movie franchise’s total worldwide gross at $2.5 billion, ranking it as the eighth-highest grossing film franchise of all time.

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The first Spider-Man film took 22 years to develop, but it sure paid off…

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