New in Theaters: 'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'Katy Perry: Part of Me', 'Savages'

Posted 12:39 AM July 7th, 2012 by Binh Ngo
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Are moviegoers ready for another Spider-Man movie? And not just any Spider-Man movie, but one that retells the origin story of how Peter Park became the web slinger. I'll save you the suspense: the answer is yes.

The Amazing Spider-Man opened on Tuesday, just a day before the Fourth of July holiday, to the tune of $35 million at the box office and has made a total of $75 million after Thursday. It is on track to make about $140 million after the weekend is over.

Somewhere a Sony exec is breathing a sigh of relief because the budget for The Amazing Spider-Man is estimated to be over $200 million. While it's still early, it's safe to say this Spider-Man reboot won't join John Carter and Battleship as this year's expensive busts.

With a Tomatometer of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Amazing Spider-Man is better reviewed than a reboot has any right to be, especially when the movies starring Tobey Maguire as the title character are still fresh in critics' memories.

The consensus seems to be that if viewers can stomach the strong sense of deja vu, The Amazing Spider-Man is entertaining enough, even if it didn't improved upon Raimi's 2002 version.

Katy Perry: Part of Me wants to bring viewers backstage to give them a look at what the real British singer is like when she's not performing on stage. At least, that's the intention.

Of course, those who don't know who Katy Perry is won't find themselves accidentally buying tickets to see this documentary, so the movie is strictly for fans only.

Part documentary, part concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me is not doing too poorly with the critics. In fact, its 76% Tomatometer is higher than that of Justin Bieber's similarly-themed movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, last year.

Critics say, like Perry herself, Part of Me is charming, high energy, and ultimately, an entertaining glimpse into the singer's life.

Katy Perry: Part of Me has already opened on Thursday and made $3.1 million at the box office, so its four day gross is expected to be in the low to mid teens.

In Oliver Stone's Savages, two marijuana growers try to rescue their mutual girlfriend from members of a Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped her to force the pair into cooperating with their drug operation.

In this twisty morality tale, there are no good guys: only degrees of bad.

With a Tomatometer of 53%, Savages is certainly dividing the critics. Those who like the movie see a well-acted, character study of some very bad people. Those who don't, just see a jumbled mess with very little to say.

Savages is projected to make somewhere in the $11-$14 million range over the weekend.

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