Monday, May 20, 2024

Box Office Boffo: “Spider Man: Across the Spiderverse” Explodes with $51 Mil Opening, Heading Toward Record Weekend, Eclipses 1st Film by $78 Mil


Amy Pascal can open some more Champagne.

“Spider Man: Across the Spiderverse” is a mega hit.

Total Thursday previews plus Friday opening came to $51 million. Predictions now are for a $113 million weekend. This would put the second film in the series at $78 million more than the first.

Not bad.

Sony should figure out a way to work Spider Man into all their releases!

The usual ‘this animated movie should get a Best Picture nomination’ stuff has begun. It’s like we’re in Groundhog Day. Not happening.

The rest of the box office belongs mostly to “Fast X,” the latest installment of “The Fast and the Furious.” It’s doing as well as the last one because, really, they have a core audience and that’s it

A24 bungled the Julia Louis Dreyfus movie, “You Hurt My Feelings.” It’s dead. They will have a solid opening weekend in very very extremely limited release with “Past Lives.” Looking at $200K in four theaters. Are there hot dog fingers? We’ll see.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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