The amazing Spider-Man certainly lived up to his name this weekend as Sony's Spider-Man 2
, setting records at a frantic pace, cranked out a staggering six-day estimate of $180.1 million at the North American boxoffice -- the biggest first six days in history. The Sam Raimi
-directed sequel exploded past the previous high by a wide margin, eclipsing the first six days of Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Reloaded
, which accumulated $146.9 million (excluding $5 million in previews). The estimated four-day cume for the Tobey Maguire
starrer was a stunning $115.8 million -- the largest four-day opening and biggest weekend of all time. The debut of the PG-13-rated blockbuster topped the opening three-day frame of the first Spider-Man
, which grossed $114.8 million. Spider-Man 2
grossed an estimated $88.3 million for the Friday-Sunday portion of the July Fourth holiday frame, but because of the very different moviegoing patterns created by a four-day holiday, using that number for comparisons is clearly not an apples-to-apples analogy.