May 06, 2002 08:51 AM

And they all laughed when Tobey Maguire was cast to play “Spider-Man.” The first movie adventure featuring the web-slinging Marvel Comics hero has entered the record books, shattering the previous opening-weekend high-water mark established last fall by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” “Harry” earned $90.3 million in its first three days; “Spidy” made $114 million, according to studio estimates. “This is an unqualified box-office record,” Paul Dergarabedian, chairman of the box-office tracking company Exhibitor Relations, told The New York Times. “Nothing has ever come close. The enormity of this cannot be overstated.” The achievement is being viewed as a signal that this will be a blockbuster summer for Hollywood. On May 16, “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” opens. The lines for it have been forming at the box office since last month. The weekend Top 10, according to studio estimates, are as follows:

1. “Spider-Man,” $114 million
2. “The Scorpion King,” $9.6 million
3. “Changing Lanes,” $5.6 million
4. “Murder by Numbers,” $3.8 million
5. “The Rookie,” $3.3 million
6. “Life or Something Like It,” $3.28 million
7. “Deuces Wild,” $2.7 million
8. “Ice Age,” $2.5 million
9. “Jason X,” $2.4 million
10. (tie) “Hollywood Ending,” $2.2 million
10. (tie) “Panic Room,” $2.2 million

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