Movie Monday: Spider-Man Crosses Into the Money-Verse

Whether the hero is Peter Parker or Miles Morales or Gwen Stacy or … um, a pig, Marvel’s favorite web-spinner has long been thought of as your “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (or Spider-Woman or Spider-Ham).” 

Well, if Spidey was able to keep all the cash his/her/its movie made this weekend, the hero just might be able to buy a neighborhood.  

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse spun great reviews (it has a 95% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes) into a great box-office opening. It earned an estimated $120.5 million in North America this weekend, making for the second-highest debut of the year. (It trails only the $204.6 million that The Super Mario Bros. Movie earned in its first weekend back in April.) 

In one weekend of work, Across the Spider-Verse has already cracked the year’s top 10. Add to that another $88.1 million from overseas, and the movie has banked $208.6 million. Forget the hero’s arachnid underpinnings: Spider-Man is arach-nifty

Across the Spider-Verse spun its success against some of the year’s biggest cinematic heavyweights. The Little Mermaid lost nearly 60% of its weekend-over-weekend audience, but it still showed plenty of kick, splashing to another $40.6 million to finish second. The Disney reboot (re-flipper?) has now earned $186.2 million stateside.  

The Boogeyman, another newcomer, found $12.3 million under the box-office bed and quietly crept to third place. Next week it will look for yet more victims with money to devour. (It’ll eat the money, not the moviegoers. Because eating prospective viewers would just be bad for business.) 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 earned another $10.2 million to bring its total cinematic fortune to $322.7 million. It finished fourth, about a million dollars ahead of fifth-place Fast X ($9.2 million and change). And that means that, after nine weeks, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has finally been pushed out of the top five. It finished sixth with around $3.4 million. 

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

5 Responses

  1. – Well as when read @bob hoose review of new animated spiderman was thinking sounds spashly and something would normally would watch…Like the original spidermans better anyways and put in the unnecessary trans crap agenda they have makes for not very appealing. Plus disney in general has been horrible in general lately and pretty much almost all recent comic movies have had pretty much agenda- with exception of guardians…

    1. -I don’t like comic book movies either, although for different reasons. Have you considered just watching something else? There are plenty of great movies out there to stream or own. Classics from the ’40s, bold director-driven dramas from the ’70s, great foreign stuff from Europe and Japan if you can stand subtitles, and immersive modern-day dramas like The Sopranos and Succession. There’s plenty of entertaining, emotionally compelling, and smart stuff other than the recycled bilge that fills theaters these days.

      Also, try proofreading your comments, friend. It was hard to get the gist of what you said.

  2. -Honestly, the trans crap is the one thing holding me back from going to see it. Subtle or in your face, I’m sick of it being shoved at us in every form of entertainment.

  3. – Both of the Spider-Verse movies have been great fun. One thing I really liked about them, and something I think it would be good to tell children about (even despite some imperfections), is that the relationship between Spider-Man and his love interest in these films seems to be a lot healthier than it was with the never-ending romantic drama in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films. I would largely have said the same about the canon Marvel Spider-Man films, but No Way Home’s ending kind of rendered that a moot point and in my opinion ruined the rest of an otherwise excellent movie (and trilogy).