EW Staff
May 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

MARVEL-OUS!

Kicking off the summer with the biggest opening of all time, Spider-Man set a dizzying record, which looks likely to hold up for a while. Star Wars: Episode II opens next week, but George Lucas’ famed fastidiousness limits the number of screens that may carry his epic, so Yoda might stand a better chance against Spidey in the box office marathon than in the sprint. As for the previous record holder, Harry Potter is estimated to have opened on 700 more screens than Spidey, but its longer running time yielded fewer shows per day. If Harry slims down, though, wizard-starved kids may tear down Spidey’s web.

TOP 20

WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1]AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 SPIDER-MAN Columbia $114.8 3,615 $31,769 1 $114.8 2 THE SCORPION KING Universal $9.0 3,466 $2,610 3 $74.3 3 CHANGING LANES Paramount $5.3 2,642 $2,021 4 $52.1 4 MURDER BY NUMBERS Warner Bros. $3.6 2,565 $1,413 3 $23.9 5 LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT 20th Century Fox $3.2 2,607 $1,221 2 $10.9 6 THE ROOKIE Disney $3.1 2,351 $1,327 6 $64.9 7 DEUCES WILD MGM $2.7 1,480 $1,827 1 $2.7 8 ICE AGE 20th Century Fox $2.4 2,137 $1,109 8 $169.0 9 JASON X New Line $2.3 1,879 $1,226 2 $10.3 10 PANIC ROOM Columbia $2.1 1,827 $1,143 6 $91.0 11 HOLLYWOOD ENDING DreamWorks $2.0 765 $2,638 1 $2.0 12 HIGH CRIMES 20th Century Fox $1.7 1,451 $1,181 5 $37.7 13 THE SWEETEST THING Columbia $1.0 1,125 $894 4 $23.3 14 Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN IFC $0.8 274 $2,772 8 $8.4 15 CLOCKSTOPPERS Paramount $0.7 1,352 $523 6 $35.5 16 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $0.7 147 $4,533 3 $2.6 17 FRAILTY Lions Gate $0.6 552 $1,098 4 $11.4 18 MONSOON WEDDING USA Films $0.6 254 $2,337 11 $9.0 19 BLADE II New Line $0.6 687 $859 7 $80.5 20 SPACE STATION IMAX $0.5 32 $15,217 3 $2.2

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF MAY 3-5 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

[1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

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