Box Office: ‘Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts’ Outraces ‘Spider-Verse’ With $170M Worldwide Debut

  1. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (review)- $60.5M

Optimus Prime and the Autobots rolled out to a narrow victory of the second weekend of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. With $60.5M to start, and $170M worldwide, it’s a great deal better than the $21M launch of Bumblebee in 2018, even though that film had far better critical response. It can be credited to that nostalgic, light-hearted “reboot” that Rise of the Beasts got off to such a strong start. Will it continue beyond this and into a much bigger batch of sequels that Paramount and Hasbro already have mapped out?

2. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse– $55.4M/$225.4M

Nobody’s complaining over at Sony, as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse fell just 54% and earned another $55M, bringing its domestic total to $225M. That’s already better than the stateside total of the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with $190M. Worldwide, the numbers get even better with $313.3M. Don’t be surprised if  Spidey bests Transformers next week, although both will have to deal with The Flash taking up lane space.

3. The Little Mermaid– $22.7M/$228.8M

At $414M worldwide, Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid remake is a definite hit. Will it be the highest-grossing movie of the year like I stupidly predicted? No. This is why I’m not in that business.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3– $7M/$335.4M

5. The Boogeyman– $6.9M/$24.7M

6. Fast X– $5.1M/$138M

That domestic number for Fast X is definitely not good, ranking among the lowest of the franchise. But the rest of the world continues to love watching Vin Diesel flex his muscles, as $652M is the global haul so far.

7. The Super Mario Bros Movie– $2.1M/$570.1M

8. About My Father– $845K/$10.7M

9. The Machine– $575K/$10M

10. Past Lives (review)- $520K/$867K

Sliding into the top 10 with the highest per-site-average of the week is Celine Song’s acclaimed drama, Past Lives. The A24 release jumped to 26 total theaters for a $20K average. The film stars Greta Lee, John Magaro, and Teo Yoo, centering on a reunion between childhood friends and their complicated relationship given the paths their adult lives have taken.