Spider-Man 3 is already breaking records as it bows in several Asian and European territories before its US launch this Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, estimates put the film breaking records in Japan ($3.7M), Korea ($3.4M) and Honk Kong ($1M) in their respective opening day launches.
In Europe, the film broke the record in Italy ($4M), easily surpassing the previous record holder The Da Vinci Code which grossed $2.5M in its first day. The site reports France provided $6.1M.
Germany also had a strong first day, with $4.6M from almost 500,000 admissions. On pace to beat the previous installments through the first four days (12.6M for Spider-Man, and 10.3M from Spider-Man 2).
The total first day take from 16 territories was $29.2M, with 10 territories with broken records.
Spider-Man 3 is set to debut on Friday in the US in a record 4,253 theaters.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter — ‘Spider-Man 3′ snares web of first-day records