Marvel’s wall-crawling, web-slinging superhero Spider-Man reigned supreme over the weekend, with Sony’s animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse setting a few records on the way to a $35.4 million debut.
The big opening weekend for Into the Spider-Verse, which introduces various versions of spider-inspired heroes from multiple dimensions and has teenager Miles Morales inheriting the mantle of Spider-Man in his own world, earned high praise from professional critics and general audiences — including a rare “A+” grade from the latter. The film also set a new box-office record for animated features released in December, narrowly passing 2016’s Sing, which had a $35.2 million opening weekend.
It was an easy win for Into the Spider-Verse, which reportedly cost $90 million to make, and the film will likely need that early boost to compete over the long run with several big films hitting theaters in the coming weeks.
|1.||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||$35.4M||$35.4M|
|3.||Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch||$11.5M||$239.2M|
|4.||Ralph Breaks the Internet||$9.5M||$154.4M|
|9.||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||$3.6M||$151.6M|
Two more new releases cracked the weekend’s top ten films, with Clint Eastwood’s crime drama The Mule coming in second with a $17.2 million debut. That’s not too bad for a movie that cost $50 million to make, and the film received mixed reviews from critics — currently 62-percent positive — but audiences seemed to like it, giving it an “A-” grade. Eastwood directs and stars in the film, which casts him as a cash-strapped senior who finds himself running drugs for a Mexican cartel.
Less positive was the outlook for Mortal Engines, the post-apocalyptic adventure produced and co-written by Peter Jackson, which brought in just $7.5 million for its first weekend in theaters. Adapted from the Philip Reeve novel of the same name, Mortal Engines reportedly cost more than $100 million to make, and after receiving just 28-percent positive reviews from critics and a “B-” grade from audiences, the film is looking to be one of the year’s final major flops at the box office.
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