In a stunning achievement, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has secured the number one position at the box office this weekend, generating an impressive $120.5 million in domestic sales. This remarkable feat marks the second-largest opening of 2023, according to Sony Pictures Entertainment.
While the latest animated Spider-Man installment falls slightly behind The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which raked in $146.4 million during its premiere two months ago, the film’s performance is still remarkable. Alongside its domestic success, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse earned an additional $88.5 million from international markets, resulting in a remarkable global total of $208.6 million for the weekend, as announced by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Among the international territories, China proved to be a significant market for the film, contributing $17.3 million in sales. Other top-performing countries include Mexico, with $11.6 million, and the U.K., with $11.5 million in sales. These figures highlight the wide appeal of the Spider-Man franchise across different regions.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has made history as Sony Pictures’ biggest animated opening to date, surpassing the previous record set by its predecessor, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in 2018. This latest installment in the Spider-Man series nearly tripled the earnings of its predecessor during its opening weekend.
While Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse’s box office performance is impressive, it falls short of the record set by the live-action film Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021. The live-action movie generated an astounding $260.1 million in its first weekend and went on to amass a total of $804.8 million in U.S. theaters throughout its run.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse arrives five years after the release of the first animated Spider-Man film. The talented voice cast, including Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld as the main characters Miles and Gwen, has received widespread acclaim. Additionally, renowned actors such as Brian Tyree Henry, Issa Rae, Oscar Isaac, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jason Schwartzman lent their voices to other characters in the film. With a 95% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 96% score from audiences, the film has been highly praised.
In other box office news, Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid slipped into the second position domestically, adding $40.6 million to its total earnings in its second weekend. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film has amassed a total of $186.2 million after two weeks in theaters. Meanwhile, The Boogeyman, a thrilling horror film based on a Stephen King story, debuted at the third spot with $12.3 million in domestic sales during its opening weekend.
Overall, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has captivated audiences worldwide, solidifying its position as a major box office success. With its breathtaking animation, engaging storyline, and stellar voice cast, the film has enthralled both critics and fans alike. As the Spider-Man franchise continues to soar, it’s evident that the web-slinging superhero remains a beloved and enduring icon.