Originally created 11/05/02

'Spider-Man' sets record with 7 million videos sold in first day



LOS ANGELES -- "Spider-Man" has extended its superpowers to video stores.

The year's top-grossing movie, which shattered box office records last spring with a $114.8 million opening weekend, set another record Friday with 7 million DVD and videotape copies sold in its first day of video release, distributor Sony said Sunday.

The previous record was 5 million copies of "Monsters, Inc.," sold on its first day in September.

Sony estimated that "Spider-Man" sold 11 million copies during the whole weekend. The studio shipped 26 million copies "so we're already 40 percent sold off, and we have seven weeks till Christmas," said Benjamin Feingold, president of Sony's Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment unit.

A sequel is due out in 2004.

At theaters, "Spider-Man" took in $405.7 million domestically, for the first time bumping a "Star Wars" film out of the top box office spot for the year. "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," which grossed $303.6 million, hits video Nov. 12.