Between 2002 and 2007, Sony Pictures produced three live-action Spider-Man movies. The films were incredibly popular with audiences and featured an assorted cast that included Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, Cliff Robertson, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, J.K. Simmons, Bill Nunn, Ted Raimi, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard and Thomas Haden Church, amongst others.

The films in the trilogy included Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (1997). All three movies in the series were directed by Sam Raimi.

Collectively, the movies are known as the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy or simply the Spider-Man trilogy.

So, those are the movies, but how well did they perform at the box office?

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Spider-Man (2002)

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Produced on a budget of $139 million, Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie took an impressive $403,706,375 at the North American box office. Internationally, the film took a further $418,002,176, making this a hugely successful start for the trilogy.

  • Spider-Man total: $821,708,551

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Spider-Man 2 was produced on a budget of $200 million (an increase on its predecessor’s budget), and took $373,585,825 in the US. Internationally, this second entry in the trilogy raked in an additional $410,180,516.

  • Spider-Man 2 total: $783,766,341

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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The production budget for this third entry was increased to $258 million, which resulted in $336,530,303 in returns at the North American box office – a drop off from its predecessor. However, internationally the film did better than Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, taking $554,341,323.

  • Spider-Man 3 total: $890,871,626

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Conclusion

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Those are the individual totals – now let’s combine them.

  • Spider-Man total: $821,708,551
  • Spider-Man 2 total: $783,766,341
  • Spider-Man 3 total: $890,871,626

Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy total: $2,496,346,518

The conclusion? Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were very successful for Sony Pictures.

The initial entry in 2002 was a smash hit for the studio and demonstrated the star power of Spider-Man. Bar a collection of TV-to-cinema films, this was the first Spider-Man movie produced specifically for the big screen and it was very profitable.

Spider-Man 2 cost more to make than Spider-Man but it didn’t make quite as much back as its predecessor. However, it was still a big hit at the box office and the film proved once again that Spider-Man was a character perfect for the cinema.

The final chapter in the series, Spider-Man 3, cost the most to make out of the three films, but also took the most amount of money at the box office. When production costs are taken into consideration, Spider-Man 3 wasn’t quite as profitable as Spider-Man, but once again it was another high earner.

Sony Pictures hit the payload with these films, and their success is the reason the studio pressed ahead with The Amazing Spider-Man film series (2012-2014), and every Spider-Man film that followed. Across the course of three film series, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy made almost $2.5 billion worldwide – a hugely impressive figure that cemented Spider-Man as a box office draw.

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