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Battle at the Box Office 6/5/23

Miles Morales ruled the box office this weekend as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse shattered expectations with the second-biggest opening of the year.

Across the Spider-Verse opened to $120.6 million, second only to The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s $146.3 million this year.  It’s almost 4x what Into the Spider-Verse opened to in 2018 and the third-best Spider-Man opening of all time, only behind No Way Home and Spider-Man 3.  Worldwide, Across the Spider-Verse has made $208.7 million, which is already double its production budget of $100 million.  The movie has an “A” Cinemascore, so word of mouth should be extremely strong even with the competition of the next few weeks, like Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Elemental and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny along with the current competition, like The Little Mermaid.

Speaking of The Little Mermaid, it dropped 58% from last weekend, taking in another $40.6 million.  It now has $186.2 million domestically for two weeks out and $326.7 million worldwide.  Compared to the other Disney live-action remakes, while it opened higher than Aladdin, it is $2 million behind where Aladdin was for its second weekend and far behind The Lion King and Beauty and The Beast, although unadjusted for inflation, it does still have $7 million or so more than Aladdin has after two weeks out.

The Boogeyman opened in third place with $12.3 million, which is slightly above expectations.  That’s higher than the opening for Barbarian last year but well off from this year’s big horror movies, like M3GAN and Evil Dead Rise, with M3GAN opening to over $30 million and Evil Dead Rise opening to just over $23 million.  Worldwide, The Boogeyman has $20 million so far.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Fast X rounded out the top 5, with Guardians Vol. 3 now just over $780 million worldwide and Fast X at $604.2 million worldwide.

Further down the list, The Super Mario Bros. Movie was in sixth place with $3.3 million but it now has $1.3 billion worldwide and it is now the second-highest-grossing animated movie of all time, defeating Frozen and sitting behind Frozen 2, which has $1.4 billion.  Outside of animated films, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now the 19th highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide, between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Frozen.

A24’s latest, Past Lives, took the Per Theater average, making $58,067 in each of the 4 theaters it played in over the weekend.

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