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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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Andrew Garfield portrays Peter Parker in a scene from "The Amazing Spider-Man which opened strongly in the US and worldwide.

(AP Photo/Columbia - Sony Pictures, Jaimie Trueblood)

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The new "Spider-Man" climbed to the top of movie box office charts with weekend sales of $65 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, a smashing debut for the reinvented franchise about a web-slinging superhero.

"The Amazing Spider-Man," starring Andrew Garfield in the role played by Tobey Maguire in three earlier installments, started strong with $7.5 million in midnight sales on Tuesday and remained so through the U.S. Independence Day holiday and the weekend. The 3D film has so far snared $140 million during its domestic run, distributor Sony Pictures said.

The film has generated $341.2 million overall, including $201.6 million in the 70 foreign markets in which it has opened.

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Of its worldwide total, more than $24 million has come from showings in IMAX wide-screen theaters, according to Imax .

Earlier in the week, Sony had forecast domestic ticket sales of $130 million for the first six days.

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