Box Office: 'Spider-Verse' Swings to Heroic $35M; 'The Mule' Trots to Strong $17M

Monday - 17/12/2018 01:18
Courtesy of Sony Pictures / 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
Courtesy of Sony Pictures / 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
Elsewhere, the Peter Jackson-produced tentpole 'Mortal Engines' bombs; Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk' shines at the specialty box office.

In another win for Sony's stable of Marvel films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to $35.4 million in its domestic debut — the best December opening ever for an animated film — laying the course for a strong run over the year-end holidays.

The critically acclaimed filmproduced by Philip Lord and Christopher Miller, reveals a shared universe where there can be more than one Spider-Man and introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as the latest hero to wear the mask.

Without a Star Wars movie in the holiday corridor for the first time since 2014, overall revenue for the frame plummeted by 60 percent compared to the same weekend last year, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi launched to $220 million domestically. The dip was expected, and 2018 revenue is still running ahead of last year by nearly 9 percent.

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