Studio bosses behind new superhero reboot The Amazing Spider-Man have confirmed plans to extend the franchise into a trilogy.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield took over the franchise from Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst last year in a bid to give the comic book classic a new look, and after smashing US box office records by raking in US$35 million (NZ$44m) during its opening day on Tuesday, it appears fans were happy with the result.

The film is in New Zealand cinemas from today.

Now executives have announced the new film will be the first in a three-part series.


A post on the movie's official page reads: "It's finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave (favourite) hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents."

A US release date for the sequel has been tentatively set for May 2, 2014.

Before the announcement, industry leaders expected the project, directed by Marc Webb, to be a one-off, unlike that of Sam Raimi's original trilogy, led by Maguire, which debuted one decade ago.