'Across the Spider-Verse' spins box office with $120.5 million debut

June 5, 2023 11:32 am

[Source: Reuters]

Audiences swung into theaters for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” giving the animated film a hefty $120.5 million in its domestic box office debut, the second-biggest opening weekend of the year.

Behind only “The Super Mario Bros” film that garnered $146 million, the movie’s box office performance surpassed Sony Pictures Animation’s and the BoxOffice Pro’s estimates of $75 million to $115.5 million over its first three days of release in the U.S. and Canada from Pro.

The original “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” raked in over $35 million during its first three days of release in December 2018 and won the Oscar for best animated feature film. The sequel, “Across the Spider-Verse,” which premiered in theaters on June 2, brought in three times the revenue in its opening weekend.

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Producer Amy Pascal announced during the film’s Los Angeles premiere that there are more Spider-Verse projects on the way.

“You’ll see all of it,” she told Variety when asked if there are live-action Mile Morales and Spider-Woman movies in the making. “It’s all happening.”

The movie brought in $208.6 million worldwide, according to Comscore, and sparked speculation about its Oscar prospects, with the film receiving a 95% score from critics and a 96% from audiences on the review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes.

Spider-Man beat the “rotten” rating from film critics of 59% for Universal Pictures’ “Super Mario Bros” and ties with the audience score with 95% for the video game flick.