Box Office Wrap Up: Spider-Verse Rules Multiplex.
Sony’s back on top with another Spider-Man outing, capturing first place with Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse.
Sony’s top ten films of 2018 are book-ended by a pair of Spider-Man films. Venom is the studios biggest release of the year, and the new animated Spider-Man has vaulted to the #9 spot on Sony’s earning sheet after just one weekend. Spider-Verse captured the top spot in its web, jump-starting the month after last week’s dismal numbers. While fellow newcomer The Mule smuggled its way into second place, things were much less rosy for Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines. The Steam Punk dystopia got run over, putting up numbers that could qualify it for the biggest box office bomb of the year.
This Week in Box Office History.
Into the Spider-Verse led the charge with 35 million. That’s the best December debut for an animated film…which is one of those records that really doesn’t mean all that much. It did help push the total box office up 35% from last week. The box was down 58% from last year, although this time last year was the debut of a little movie called Star Wars The Last Jedi. So, a decent weekend that’s not really indicative of which way this December is going to break when it comes to historical numbers. It is interesting to note that despite how heavy animation has featured in the top 3 this year, only 3 other animated films were #1 this week going all the way back to 1998.
Top Film Last Year: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Top Film Last Decade: The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The animation domination continued this week. Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse replaced Ralph Breaks the Internet in first place, knocking Ralph all the way down to fourth place. Spider-Verse broke the December animated record for opening weekend, but still needs to prove itself financially (critically, it’s kicking butt and taking names!) Similar super-hero animated flicks like The Incredibles, Lego Batman, and even Big Hero Six all outpaced the new Spider-Man on opening. It is currently shellacking this year’s other super-hero traditionally animated feature, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.
Second place was live-action for a change as Clint Eastwood took silver for The Mule. As a counter-programming pick for all of the cartoons out this month, it took in a solid 17.5 million. That’s the best opening for an Eastwood directed film since Sully, and the third best opening for him behind the chair period.
Third place saw The Grinch hold onto a spot in the top three. Illumination’s take on Dr. Seuss’ classic has racked up 240 million at home and 375 world-wide. With those tallies it has passed the live-action for total gross, though Jim Carrey’s version still leads the race for the grinchiest Grinch at the US box office.
A fifth place finish for Mortal Engines may not sound bad, but the numbers are disastrous. Against a 100 million dollar budget (not counting marketing) it took in 7 million dollars domestically. That’s real, real bad. A sliver of light exists in the form of foreign sales, where it has made 34 million dollars. It’s going to have to really grind it out to pull a Warcraft-style comeback.