Sony Animation’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is swinging to huge numbers at the box-office.
The film pulled in a larger-than-expected $51.8 million domestically on Friday, raising its opening weekend projections to at least $113 million according to the studio itself, whilst others suggest it will go to $120 million or higher.
In either case, it will be the third-biggest opening of all time for an animated feature and the best ever for Sony animation.
Friday’s take is the biggest opening day of 2023 so far in fact, beating out “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (which opened on a Wednesday) and previous record holder “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” with $48.1 million. It’s also the second-best debut day ever for an animated title behind “Incredibles 2”.
The movie will easily come in at No. 1, boasting stellar reviews and audience scores, including an A CinemaScore. It will also debut more than three times that of its predecessor, which made $35.6 million domestically in its opening weekend.
Disney’s live-action “The Little Mermaid” is still tracking to come in second with an estimated $40 million after taking in just $11.8 million on Friday (down 69%), and bringing its total to $186 million. Domestically the film is reportedly performing in line with the live-action “Aladdin” at the same point in time. That movie ended up grossing $355 million in North America. Internationally, however, ‘Mermaid’ isn’t doing so well.
The new horror pic “The Boogeyman” is heading for third with an $11-12 million opening from a $35 million production budget. As the project was initially made as a direct-to-Hulu release, it’s doing OK. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be fourth with a further $10 million, and “Fast X” is dropping 61% to fifth place with a further $9 million and is already slated to hit digital at the end of this coming week.