www.cbr.com

Into the Spider-Verse Tops Box Office, Mortal Engines Runs Out of Gas

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned $35.4 million in its first weekend of release, leading the domestic box office, and setting a new record for a December debut by an animated feature. Mortal Engines, the Peter Jackson-produced post-apocalyptic adventure, coasted on fumes to fifth place with an abysmal $7.5 million.

The performance of Into the Spider-Verse doesn't come as a surprise, as pre-release projections placed the feature on a path to a U.S. debut of between $35 million and $40 million. Gathering Spider-heroes from across the multiverse, from Peter Parker to Miles Morales to Gwen Stacy, the film has earned widespread critical acclaim, and hold a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

RELATED: Into the Spider-Verse's Homages to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy

Sony has already confirmed plans for an expansion of the animated franchise, with a sequel focusing on the budding romance between Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, and a spinoff that will introduce the heroes Silk and Jessica Drew's Spider-Woman.

However, the future of Universal Pictures' Mortal Engines doesn't look nearly so rosy. In development for nearly a decade, the CGI-heavy adaptation of Philip Reeve's popular series of young-adult novels cost more than $100 million to produce. But even with the involvement of Jackson and his Lord of the Rings collaborators, the film landed with a thud, drawing scorching reviews and a 28 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

RELATED: How Mortal Engines Fails in Building Its Fantasy World

The Clint Eastwood crime drama The Mule came in a distant second behind Into the Spider-Verse with $17 million, followed by a pair of returning animated releases, Universal's The Grinch ($11.5 million) and Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet ($9.3 million).

Alas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is unlikely to repeat its performance next weekend, where it faces stiff competition from Warner Bros.' Aquaman, Paramount's Bumblebee and Disney's Mary Poppins Returns.

(via Variety)

Thanos' Infinity War Snap Was Originally Planned for Avengers: Endgame

More in Movies