There wasn’t a single option in the multiverse where Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse wasn’t going to make bank in its opening weekend. Still, Sony Animation will be delighted with its grosses, as it swung to the third-biggest opening ever for an animated film. That makes it a best-ever for Sony, not adjusted for inflation. From over 4,300 theatres, it grossed an impressive $120.5 million. Great reviews and the prestige of the previous film, Into the Spider-Verse, bolstered its numbers. That film was never seen as a major hit in the making, let alone an Oscar winner. Yet here we are, with the sequel’s opening being three times as big as its predecessor! That opening weekend for Across the Spider-Verse is also more than Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania earned over its four day Presidents’ Day weekend release. Worldwide, its total gross is at a healthy $208.6 million. Look out for the next sequel in 2024.
Debuting at number three is The Boogeyman, the horror film adapted from a short story by Stephen King, with $12.3 million. Horror movies are always a reliable money maker, especially when they’re made with efficiently low budgets.
Landing outside the top ten at number 12 is Past Lives, the latest indie drama from A24. It has some of the strongest reviews of 2023 so far and A24 films always come with a certain level of expectations. This one premiered with $232,266 from only four theatres, which gives it the highest per-cinema average of the weekend.
The Roundup: No Way Out is the sequel to the South Korean action crime film The Roundup, starring Ma Dong-seok of Eternals and Train to Busan fame. This one landed $183,000 from 215 locations.
This coming week sees the release of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, because they will apparently never stop making these movies.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.