Usually when a big Hollywood studio has to decide whether or not to give the greenlight to a potential sequel, it can be a long and arduous process. First they have to consider box office recipts and weigh them against production and marketing costs. Then they need to factor in ancillary revenue streams like merchandise and Blu-ray sales. And even if the money part works out, then they still have to check their upcoming slate of projects to see if it fits in. It can take a long time.
Unless, of course, the film in question is "The Amazing Spider-Man," which according to Total Film did so well at the box office yesterday that Sony has already officially decided to make not one but two sequels.
Are we sure they didn't confuse Spider-Man with The Flash?
Of course, considering the massive success of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy last decade (nearly $2.5 billion worldwide), Sony no doubt had put some thought into this one already. But even the most slap-happy execs couldn't have banked on "The Amazing Spider-Man" earning $35 million in its first day to smash the record for the biggest Tuesday release ever.
And that has Sony thinking trilogy.
"'The Amazing Spider-Man' is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents," Sony announced on its Facebook page.
Of course, there are still some minor details to work out, such as the fact that director Marc Webb isn't yet under contract for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." But with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone all wrapped up and "The Amazing Spider-Man" headed towards a $150 million opening week, it looks like your neighborhood is going to stay friendly for years to come.