The last weekend of 2018 was a good one for the box office, with families turning out for the holiday season's biggest films, even if the new releases didn't fare so well. While Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee held on to the top three spots, coming in at number four was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The acclaimed animated film has now passed a milestone with over $200 million at the worldwide box office.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse actually grew from its second weekend, making $18 million its third weekend in release. This pushes the domestic total for Sony's film to $103.6 million. Internationally, Spider-Verse earned $27.4 million from 60 foreign markets, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That gives the film a foreign haul of $109.6 million, which, when added to the domestic box office, pushes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse over $200 million globally.
It's a solid milestone for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which cost $90 million to make. Spider-Verse still lags way behind 2018's other animated hits like Incredibles 2, The Grinch and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, but $200 million puts it way ahead of 2018's other animated superhero film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
A big chunk of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's international haul came from China, where the film has made over $45 million, according to Box Office Mojo. That it has performed well in the all-important Chinese market bodes well for the future of the franchise.
It is also encouraging for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that its domestic weekend box office grew from the pre-Christmas to the post-Christmas frame. With so many other huge movies out there right now competing for consumers' wallets, it would be easy for Spider-Verse to get lost in the shuffle.
Hopefully the fact that it stayed strong in 4th place and grew in its third weekend is because audiences who perhaps prioritized other movies first are still seeking it out and making time to see it as the holidays come to a close and the New Year begins.
From a pure word of mouth perspective, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse couldn't have much more going for it either. The film boasts near universal critical acclaim and is being hailed as the best superhero movie of 2018 and perhaps the best Spider-Man movie ever. We here at CinemaBlend all liked it so much that it swung to first place on our list of the top 10 movies of 2018.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also boasts a sterling "A+" CinemaScore, so word of mouth should be excellent for the film. The animated feature has some runway to work with too. January is a pretty barren month at the box office, minus Glass.
Adults who saw Spider-Verse may be the same audience that will see that M. Night Shyamalan film, but it's a different story for kids. The next big kid-friendly movie that would cater to a similar audience in my eyes would be The Kid Who Would Be King, and that doesn't hit until towards the end of January. Those factors could see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse add some decent change on top of its $200 million worldwide plunder.
The future looks especially bright for Sony's animated Spider-Man films. In addition to a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a spinoff has also already been announced.
Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.
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