'Spider-Man' scores big in opening

Ringo Starr, center, celebrates his 72nd birthday on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee. Among those performing with Starr and his All Starr Band were Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Richard Marx and Gary Burr. (AP Photo/Rob Shanahan)
Ringo Starr, center, celebrates his 72nd birthday on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee. Among those performing with Starr and his All Starr Band were Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Richard Marx and Gary Burr. (AP Photo/Rob Shanahan) (AP)
Posted: July 09, 2012

If your Spidey sense tells you that your friendly neighborhood web-spinner has snared the weekend box office charts, you're right. Spider-Man spun himself a $65 million opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at U.S. theaters.

Overseas, The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, along with Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen, added $129.1 million, raising its worldwide haul to $341.2 million since it began opening a week earlier in some foreign markets.

The new origin story for the Marvel Comics web-slinger, directed by Marc Webb, comes just five years after Spider-Man 3, Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi's final movie in a series that shattered box-office records.

The previous weekend's No. 1 film, the raunchy teddy-bear comedy Ted, fell to second place, with $32.6 million, raising its domestic total to $120.2 million.

Among new releases, Oliver Stone's drug-war thriller Savages opened at No. 4 with a solid $16.2 million weekend. The concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me failed to pack in the pop star's fans, debuting at a distant No. 8 with just $7.2 million. Going into wide release after two weekends in a handful of theaters, Woody Allen's ensemble romance To Rome with Love broke into the top 10 with $3.5 million.

Associated Press

Ringo marks 72 with peace

The 1960s mop top is gone, but Ringo Starr is still flashing a peace sign. The former Beatle marked his 72nd birthday in Nashville Saturday by holding a "peace and love" moment at noon. He asked people worldwide to do the same at 12 o'clock in their time zones. (What, you missed it?)

The idea came to him in 2008 when an interviewer asked him what he wanted for his birthday. Since then, he's held events each year in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Hamburg, Germany. "It's sort of catching on more and more, the more we do," Starr said before the festivities. "We got lots of blogs from Japan and China and all over the world saying, ‘We did peace and love.' So it's working."

Hundreds of fans joined Starr at Hard Rock Cafe, shouting "peace and love" at the magic hour and holding two fingers in the air. The crowd sang "happy birthday" and the chorus of "Give Peace A Chance." One fan held up a sign declaring the last time she saw Starr in person. He pointed to her and joked, "I hugged this woman in 1964, and she still can't get over it."

A.P

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