Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has captured audiences – and critics – in its web. The animated superhero film posted a $35 million opening weekend domestically and rang up an additional $21 million at the foreign box office. With a production budget of $90 million-ish, Sony’s got to be pretty happy about the animated Spidey’s number. Its 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes bodes well for its shot at a Best Animated Film Oscar nomination.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse now sits in the top spot among animated films’ opening weekends in December. Spider-Man pushed Sing into second, The Princess and the Frog into third, and Beavis and Butthead Do America into fourth. However, Sing opened on a Wednesday so its weekend box office take isn’t necessarily a fair comparison.
Universal Pictures found a lump of coal in their stocking this weekend after the numbers were reported for their big-budget release, Mortal Engines. The PG-13 sci-fi action adventure entered theaters following a surprisingly low-key marketing campaign for a film with a $100 million budget. Opening in 3,000+ theaters, Mortal Engines stalled with a measly $7.5 million opening weekend.
Warner Bros Pictures’ latest Clint Eastwood film, The Mule, rode into 2,500 theaters over the December 14-16 weekend. The studio should be satisfied with its $17 million opening which is pretty much in line with pre-release expectations.
Up Next: Disney will kick off the December 21-23 weekend early by popping Mary Poppins Returns into theaters on December 19th. Aquaman, Bumblebee, Welcome to Marwen, and Second Act will all be vying for moviegoers’ dollars beginning December 21st.
Box Office Top 10: December 14-16, 2018
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $35,400,000
- The Mule – $17,210,000
- The Grinch – $11,580,000
- Ralph Breaks the Internet – $9,589,000
- Mortal Engines – $7,501,000
- Creed 2 – $5,398,830
- Bohemian Rhapsody – $4,125,000
- Instant Family – $3,720,000
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $3,650,000
- Green Book – $2,780,000
The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Plot
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.”