Ahead of its US launch in May, Sony’s superhero sequel Amazing Spider-Man 2 has opened to a huge $47 million from 14 countries over the Easter weekend.

Andrew Garfield suits up again as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone is back as his intrepid girlfriend Gwen Stacy, this time the web-crawler faces off against Electro (Jamie Foxx) as well as the rising villainy of the Green Goblin. This strong start for Amazing Spider-Man 2 gives the movie a good chance of out performing the impressive $752 million tally for reboot.

This is good news for Sony as the have already begun development on two spin offs as well as two further Spider-Man adventures. Business is still booming for superhero movies at the box office with Captain America The Winter Solider crossing the $500 million worldwide total. Once again Cap fended off three new entries in the US over Easter, Heaven Is Real had a solid start coming in third with Johnny Depp starer Transcendence seriously falling short of expectations washing in fourth. Comedy sequel A Haunted House 2 took fifth place, this swiftly made follow-up to last year’s modestly successful parody from Marlon Wayans managed a rare feat of being even more loathed by critics than the original.