Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Takes December Animation Opening Record

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Box Office

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings Towards Lucrative Holiday Season

Animation claimed the top spot at the box office for the fourth straight weekend. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dethroned Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, opening with an estimated $35.4 million.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has had much going for it since its release this past Friday. Universal acclaim from both critics and audiences will make this one of the hottest tickets going into the holidays. A 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and “A+” CinemaScore guarantee solid legs in the coming weeks. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is already the biggest animated December opener ever, edging out Illumination’s Sing ($35.3 million). Monday’s actuals will confirm or deny this accolade though. A run like Sing would send Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse well over $250 million. A loaded holiday slate next Friday may reel that cume back down to $200 million. Regardless, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will have a major presence going forward into 2019.

Clint Eastwood pulled in one of best opening of his career with The Mule. Opening in second, the Warner Bros.’ crime drama debuted with $17.2 million. That’s a slight increase with his other directorial film of the 2018, The 15:17 to Paris ($12.6 million). Though, it’s about less than half of what Sully opened to in 2016. Positive reception from both critics and audiences should help The Mule leg out in the coming weeks. Between a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes and “A-” CinemaScore, a $60 million run could be in order.

Even with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swinging into theaters this weekend, Illumination’s The Grinch continues its leggy haul. The animated holiday remake dropped to third, down 23% from last weekend. Its $11.6 million sixth weekend nearly matches that of The Incredibles 2 ($11.9 million) earlier this year. Now at $239.3 million, The Grinch is guaranteed to crack $250 million before the end of 2018. Topping the 2000 live-action’s $260 million run is also doable once holiday dailies begin to kick in. The Grinch will also be leggier than any November release that opened bigger. Unless Aquaman or Mary Poppins Returns break out in the next week or two, we’re looking at the biggest film of the holidays domestically.

After three weekends on top, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet dropped three spots to fourth place. Down another 41%, Ralph Breaks the Internet made another $9.6 million over the weekend. Fortunately, that carries the animated sequel over the $150 million mark. It’s already falling behind Toy Story 2 ($156.4 million) and Moana ($162.9 million). Even last year’s Coco is beginning to close the gap. With audiences still flocking to The Grinch and now Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet continues to take harder hits. The dailies between Christmas and New Year’s Day will propel Ralph Breaks the Internet past $200 million, but $215-220 million appears to be the most optimistic finish.

Universal’s Mortal Engines stalled out before it even got started this weekend. The adaptation of Philip Reeve’s steampunk novel opened in fifth place with $7.5 million. The Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, produced the project with his Middle-earth collaborator, Christian Rivers at the helm. Even the name recognition wasn’t enough for the $100 million film to make waves this holiday season. Negative reception all around should spell for a quick run. Mortal Engines scored a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes and “B-” CinemaScore. With five new films out by Friday, this franchise may already be over.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s

#1 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (NR)
$35.4 million / $35.4 million total

#2 – The Mule (NR)
$17.2 million / $17.2 million total

#3 – The Grinch (2)
$11.6 million / $239.3 million total

#4 – Ralph Breaks the Internet (1)
$9.6 million / $154.5 million total

#5 – Mortal Engines (NR)
$7.5 million / $7.5 million total

Opening Next Week: Mary Poppins Returns (Wednesday), Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act, Welcome to Marwen, Mary, Queen of Scots (expanding), The Favourite (expanding)

Source: Box Office Mojo

Written by
Matt Marshall has been reviewing films since 2003, starting with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He specializes in home media, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray as well as box office analysis. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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