How many Spider-Man’s does it take to make a hit animated movie? We’ll find out this weekend, as Sony releases the first big-screen animated film starring the wall-crawler.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is based off of the Marvel Comics series written by Dan Slott, who crafted the web-slinger’s adventures of a decade. The film has been receiving incredibly positive reviews, and it’s currently sitting at 98% at Rotten Tomatoes. Into The Spider-Verse will bring to the screen the hugely popular character of Miles Morales for the first time; a Spider-Man from an alternate dimension, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli, Miles is a person of colour who recently transitioned to the regular Marvel universe. Does all this not make sense? That’s ok – the movie will make things clear for you. Anticipation is high, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse should have a lock on first place for its debut weekend, with $40 million.
Also new this weekend is the true story, The Mule, Clint Eastwood’s first starring role since 2008’s classic Gran Torino. In the film, Eastwood plays a 90 year old drug runner for a Mexican cartel. Bradley Cooper also stars in the film, which should help bring in a solid opening weekend for adults looking for some more dramatic flare. Look for a second place showing from The Mule with $18 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch will be in third place with $11 million. Ralph Breaks The Internet will be right behind it in fourth with $10 million. Finally, the new release Mortal Engines will wind up with a lacklustre debut of $9.5 million, even with advertising hyping the Peter Jackson connection.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – $40 million
2) The Mule – $18 million
3) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $11 million
4) Ralph Breaks The Internet -$10 million
5) Mortal Engines – $9.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!