‘Spider-Man’ Fastest Film To Reach $200 Million

Comic hero breaks 'Phantom Menace' record by earning $223.6 million in 10 days.

“Spider-Man” continues to spin its web all over the record books.

Having already stolen best opening week bragging rights from last year’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the comic book wallcrawler spent this past weekend toppling “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in the race to the $200 million mark. “Spider-Man” reached it faster than any other film, grossing an estimated $223.6 million in just 10 days.

This next weekend, of course, could see the revenge of the Jedi when the long anticipated “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” hits theaters. “Spider-Man” will be playing on about 6,000 more screens than “Episode II” — “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, picky about theater sound systems, is going for quality over quantity — so it’s unlikely that “Episode II” will break any of Spidey’s records. Nevertheless, “Attack of the Clones” will almost certainly oust “Spider-Man” to become America’s #1 movie for the week.

But for now, the top spot is still the webhead’s domain, with the more adult-oriented “Unfaithful” debuting at #2 with $14.2 million. Starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, “Unfaithful” is a remake of a French film about, as its title suggests, marital infidelity (see “Movie House: Gere, A Geek And Some High-Flyin’ Feats Hit Theaters” ).

Last weekend’s other big new movie, “The New Guy,” came in third, earning $9.5 million in its opening weekend. Starring DJ Qualls of “Road Trip” and upcoming “Undercover Brother” Eddie Griffin, the movie’s target audience is roughly the same as “Spider-Man”’s. Qualls’ geek-turned-cool-guy routine, however, didn’t stand a chance against Tobey Maguire’s super-powered nerd makeover.

The rest of the top 10 looks like this: The Rock’s “The Scorpion King” at #4 with $4.4 million; Ben Affleck/Samuel L. Jackson’s “Changing Lanes” down two to #5 with $3.5 million; Sandra Bullock’s “Murder by Numbers” down two to #6 with $2.3 million; Dennis Quaid’s “The Rookie” at #7 with $2.1 million; Jodie Foster’s “Panic Room” at #8 with $1.5 million; “Ice Age,” the year’s biggest earner until a spider came along, at #9 with $1.4 million; and Angelina Jolie’s “Life or Something Like It” at #10 with $1.3 million.