Women help Spider-Man net Sony $341 million and counting
Spider-Man took in $140 million at the US box office in the first six days. Female viewers made up 42 percent of the Spider-Man movie audience
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"Ted" had an unusually low 40 percent drop in weekend ticket sales from the week earlier, which executives at distributor Universal Pictures attributed in part to attracting an audience that was 44 percent women after its opening.Skip to next paragraph
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"I know its about a drug using, foul-mouthed bear, but when all is said and done it's a romance with a lot of heart," said Nikki Rocco, UniversalPictures' president of domestic distribution. "I don't know too many women who didn't feel something when that bear was lying dead on that coffee table with the stuffing pulled out of it."
The No. 3 slot went to "Brave," an animated fairy tale from Walt Disney Co's Pixar studio. The movie about a rebellious, red-haired Scottish princess grabbed $20.1 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters. That brings its domestic ticket sales to $174.5 million.
Oliver Stone's new movie, "Savages," rung up $16.2 million in its opening weekend, finishing in fourth place.
Based on a novel by Don Winslow, the blood-splattered R-rated film tells the story of two pot-growing friends who face off with members of a Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
In fifth place, male striptease movie "Magic Mike" racked up $15.6 million. The movie starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey has brought in $72.8 million domestically since last week's debut.
Universal and privately-held Relativity Media produced "Savages" for about $45 million. Universal had predicted weekend sales of about $10 million.
The weekend's other new wide release, documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me," finished in the No. 8 spot with $7.1 million at domestic theaters.
After opening on Thursday in the United States, it has sold $10.3 million worth of tickets in its four-day domestic run.
The movie gives a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the colorful pop star. Paramount Pictures spent $12 million on production, and had predicted a four-day tally in the low- to mid-teens.
Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc, released "Katy Perry." "Savages" and "Ted" were distributed by Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros. studio released "Magic Mike."