‘Spider-Man' sets new Tuesday box office record

Andrea Casiraghi: Wedding to pay for. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Andrea Casiraghi: Wedding to pay for. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted: July 06, 2012

Hollywood took a giant step backward this week when "The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into action Tuesday with $35 million in domestic box office, a record for a film opening on a Tuesday.

The $35 million Tuesday crushed the previous record-holder, "Transformers," which opened with $27.9 million on the day before the Fourth of July in 2007.

So why is this a bad thing?

Well, it's not bad for theater owners, Marvel or Sony, but it is bad for people who like to see something new and different in theaters. The better-than-expected launch of a "new" "Spider-Man" shows studios that they don't have to continue taking minimal risks making sequels and big-budget adaptations of TV shows and board games.

They don't even have to risk making a film that's only slightly derivative.

No, a big studio can now make the exact same movie over and over and over again.

Why make "Poseidon"? Just re-cast Sigourney Weaver with a younger model and call it "The Amazing Alien." Don't be blue because you'll never top "Avatar." Take the next iteration of new technology and release "The Amazing Avatar."

When Tattle was an avid moviegoer in our teens and 20s, we never could understand how our older friends and relatives could stop going to the movies. Now we so get it. That's why adults flock to new films by Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne and the Coen Brothers. Because they're actually trying to produce a story that's different.

More power to them.

TATTBITS

This isn't a tale of the 1 percent, it's about a small fraction of the 1 percent.

According to USA Today, Andrea Casiraghi, eldest son of the late Princess Grace's daughter, Princess Caroline, will marry South American heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo.

Think this is going to be a nice affair?

Andrea's father, Stefano Casiraghi, Caroline's second husband, was the heir to an Italian industrial fortune when he died in a speedboat-racing accident when Andrea was 6. Caroline not only had wealth as a Monaco royal but added Casiraghi wealth. Her current husband is a German prince.

Ah, Europe.

Tatiana's father and grandfather, both deceased, were Colombian billionaires. Her mother, Vera Rechulski, is a Brazilian aristocrat. As is her grandmother. Mom still "works," owning a boutique in Paris that sells Indian antiques.

The family also owns an island off the coast of Colombia, so no need to spend money on a time-share when they need a vacation.

Tatiana is a New York socialite who grew up in Switzerland and was educated in London and Paris, where she met Andrea, and she looks a bit like Alanis Morrisette.

Here's hoping the couple is very happy — and very generous.

Spanish police have recovered a priceless 12th-century religious manuscript known as the Codex Calixtinus that was stolen from a cathedral last year. The find came a day after four suspects were arrested in connection with the theft, the Interior Ministry said.

The richly decorated Codex was found in a garage close to the cathedral from where it was taken in the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela. The tome is considered the first guide for people making the ancient Christian pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, the Spanish name for the Way of St. James.

And you thought Dan Brown made these stories up.

Another day, another closet opened.

The Associated Press reports that hip-hop performer Frank Ocean, best known for the hit "Novacane," has revealed on his website that his first love was a man.

He did not go so far as to say he was gay.

Baby steps, hip-hop. Baby steps.

Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for Tom Cruise's crime drama "Jack Reacher," which opens Dec. 21. The trailer launched on Tuesday, Cruise's 50th birthday.

The start of the movie's marketing campaign coincides with the breakup of Cruise's marriage to Katie Holmes, who filed for divorce last week.

It's an interesting twist because actors usually try to publicize their movies by falling in love.

Paramount obviously is standing by its cash cow.

"Tom is a huge movie star for the right reason. He's a very talented actor whose movies have entertained millions of fans," the studio said in a statement. "His ability to make a great movie, as we saw with the most recent installment in the ‘Mission: Impossible' franchise — the most successful of the series to date — is the thing that moviegoers remember above all else."

Agreed. Unless stories begin to appear about Cruise being a mean, angry, hate-filled, bad guy, no one's going to stay away from a good Cruise thriller because he's a Scientologist. As for Cruise getting divorced, that he stayed married for five years was already "Mission: Impossible."

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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