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Movie Milestones: 'Spider-Man' Tops $100 Million In First Weekend, And 14 Others

Tobey Maguire arrives for the premiere of 'Spider Man' at the Mann Village in Westwood, Ca., April 29, 2002.  photo by Kevin
Tobey Maguire arrives for the premiere of 'Spider Man' at the Mann Village in Westwood, Ca., April 29, 2002. photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect

Eleven years ago, on May 5, 2002, the Sam Raimi-directed "Spider-Man" swung its way into theaters and shattered box office records, wrapping up $100 million into its lucrative web. It was the first movie to break the $100 million barrier on its opening weekend, surpassing previous records held by 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and 1999's "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," both of which took five days, instead of three, to collect the same amount.

Eleven years later, breaking $100 million is often a fait accompli for big-budgeted summer blockbusters. Just last weekend, "Iron Man 3" was the latest movie to turn the trick, earning $174.1 million over three days, good for the second highest opening ever behind last year's "Marvel's The Avengers."

"Spider-Man" and "Iron Man 3," of course, aren't the only films to make history in Hollywood. In honor of those Marvel comics favorites, here's a look at 14 other breakthroughs in film.

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