Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ Swings To $208M Debut

  1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (review)- $120.5M

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was a friendly neighborhood record-breaker this weekend, as Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse opened to a whopping $120.5M. That surpasses Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s $118.4M as the year’s biggest summer blockbuster, and the third-best ever for a Spider-Man movie. Worldwide, the animated sequel to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse scored $208M, blasting expectations into another realm. You’ve already seen the reviews; the response has been through the roof in every aspect, and while some grumbled at the cliffhanger ending (It was always designed as a two-part story, folks!), you can bet they’ll be back for Beyond the Spider-Verse in 2024.

2. The Little Mermaid– $40.6M/$186.2M

Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid fell 57% for $40.6M, bringing the domestic total to $186M, and global to $326.7M. We’re truly entering new territory for Hollywood studios, as the top two movies feature people of color in iconic roles generally for white actors. Miles Morales is becoming THE Spider-Man for a certain generation of Marvel fan, while Halle Bailey’s take on Ariel will be looked up to by millions of young girls of color.

3. The Boogeyman (review)- $12.3M

Horror flick The Boogeyman got off to a lukewarm launch with $12.3M. Even so, that meager number is the best for a Stephen King adaptation since 2019’s Doctor Sleep opened with $14.1M.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3– $10.2M/$322.7M

5. Fast X– $9.2M/$128.4M

While Fast X appears to be sinking fast domestically in the face of stiff competition, worldwide it continues to speed ahead with $603M total.

6. The Super Mario Bros Movie– $3.3M/$566.2M

7. About My Father– $2.1M/$8.8M

8. The Machine– $1.7M/$8.7M

9. You Hurt My Feelings– $769K/$3M

10. Kandahar– $765K/$4.2M

Oof. This was simply the wrong time to drop a small-ish Gerard Butler action movie like Kandahar. After two weeks, the film only has $4.7M globally and will probably be on digital within a few days at this rate.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.