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Box office sensation ``The Matrix: Reloaded'' surpassed ``Spider-Man'' to claim the biggest opening week ever and has reached the $150 million mark faster than any other movie in history, Warner Bros BROS Brothers
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3. sequel to 1999's ``The Matrix'' had earned $151.9 million through Tuesday Tuesday: see week. , its sixth full day of release. That was enough to inch past the $151.6 million earned last year by ``Spider-Man'' during its first week in U.S. theaters.
``This was the most anticipated movie of the year and numbers like that bear that out,'' said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co. ``For that many tickets to have been sold in one week sets a new standard and raises the bar on how a blockbuster is capable of performing in its first week.''
``Reloaded'' earned $5 million during thousands of 10 p.m. preview showings May 14, then brought in an additional $6.3 million Wednesday, and has taken in a cumulative gross of $158.2 million to date.
Warner Bros. Distribution President Dan Fellman places the official seven-day total at $157.6 million. Since ``Reloaded'' had preview showings last week, Fellman deducted de·duct
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v.intr. the approximately $625,000 earned from 10 p.m. showings this Wednesday.
``That's apples to apples and that is the new benchmark,'' Fellman said. ``The film is performing even beyond our own expectations.''
During its Friday-through-Sunday showings, ``Reloaded'' earned a whopping $91.8 million. This set a record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an R-rated film, surpassing 2001's ``Hannibal,'' which opened with a gross of $58 million but came in behind the $114.8 million record opening for ``Spider-Man.''
But ``Reloaded'' has since managed to best the four-day and first-week grosses for ``Spider-Man.'' It also beat last year's web-slinging box office champ to the $150 million mark by reaching that milestone in its sixth day of release.
``Reloaded'' heads into the Memorial Day weekend - one of the busiest moviegoing periods of the year - as the film to beat. It will face off against the comedies ``Bruce Bruce, Scottish royal family descended from an 11th-century Norman duke, Robert de Brus. He aided William I in his conquest of England (1066) and was given lands in England. Almighty'' and ``The In-Laws.''