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Spider-Man movie No 1 in US and UK

Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man movie has topped the box office in both the US and the UK.

The Amazing Spider-Man - which sees the British actor play the web-slinger alongside his real life girlfriend Emma Stone as love interest Gwen - took 65 million dollars in its opening weekend in America, and a total of 140 million in its first six days, to take the No 1 spot.

Spidey's latest adventure has also been a major hit on this side of the pond since it opened on July 3, raking in 11.1 million pounds and swinging into the top spot.

So far the film's worldwide haul stands at 341.2 million dollars.

The new origin story for the Marvel Comics superhero comes five years after Spider-Man 3, Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi's final movie in a series that shattered box office records.

"This was never modelled or was never meant to be Spider-Man 4. This was always a relaunch with a new cast and different stories to tell, and quite frankly, it succeeded beyond our imaginations," said Rory Bruer, Sony's head of distribution.

The film - which also stars Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary and Campbell Scott - follows Peter Parker as a high school kid when he first gets his spider powers.

Elsewhere at the US box office, the previous weekend's No 1 film, Mark Wahlberg's comedy Ted, fell to second place with 32.6 million dollars.

Katy Perry's concert film Part Of Me raised its US total to 10.3 million dollars since opening on Thursday, but the singer's mix of 3D stage show and backstage documentary could not compare to such concert hits as 2008's Hannah Montana And Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert, which opened with 31.1 million, and last year's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which premiered with 29.5 million dollars.

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