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<I>Spider-Man</I> Beats <I>Clones</I> With Its Head Start

6 Jun, 2002 By: Jessica Wolf

Summer started with a bang in May with Sony's Spider-Man, and the webslinger's box office appeal proved well able to handle 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones. The Marvel Comics-inspired actioner was last month's top grossing movie, at $333.6 million.

Released nearly two weeks later, Episode II made it to No. 2, amassing $201 million.

Spidey was responsible for 87 percent of Sony's May market share, swinging the studio to the top spot.

In an unusually large 15 percentage-point gap between No. 1 and No. 2 market share, Fox ended the month in second place, with Episode II garnering 77 percent of the studio's May share. Unfaithful chipped in $41 million.

With the month's top two films gobbling up moviegoers' attention, Universal's third-place monthly share was a gaping 25 percentage points less than Fox's No. 2. The Hugh Grant comedy About a Boy earned $21.8 million for Universal, and The Scorpion King made another $22.7 million.

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