Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse raked in a massive $120.5 million USD domestic box office debut over the weekend, surpassing expectations and securing the second-largest opening weekend of this year, according to Variety.
The film ranks behind The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which earned $146 million USD in its first weekend at the domestic box office. Notably, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse earned the third-largest opening weekend in the Spider-Man franchise.
Across the Spider-Verse pulled in an additional $88.1 million USD from 59 regions at the international box office, with China leading the way at $17.3 million USD. Across the world, the film brought in a total of $208.6 million USD.
The movie arrived as the sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which first introduced the world to Miles Morales. This latest film, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson, follows Morales and Gwen Stacy (Spider-Woman) on a mission to save the Spider People from an evil villain known as the Spot. Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld return as Morales and Stacy respectively, and the remaining voice cast includes Brian Tyree Henry, Issa Rae, Jason Schwartzman, Daniel Kaluuya and Oscar Isaac.
“This is an exceptionally good opening for an animation follow-up sequel,” said David A. Gross, who leads film consulting agency Franchise Entertainment Research, per Variety. “‘Spider-Verse’ took a well-liked superhero, gave the storytelling an original visual style and voice and created a unique experience.”
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is in theaters now.
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