The Mule has a solid debut.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (#1) delivered the comics' 13th number one finish at the box office this year, swinging towards a $35.4 million opening. That number puts the new animated flick at the top of the records for animated films opening in December. The previous record holder was Sing, which opened to $35.2 million.
A departure from the last few Spider-Man franchise films, Into the Spider-Verse offers not only stunning visuals and groundbreaking animation, but the first motion picture featuring a black Spider-Man, teenager Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore).
The weekend's other positive wide release, Clint Eastwood's The Mule (#2), opened above expectations with $17.2 million. Though reviews were mostly negative, the CinemaScore for the film is A-, which means the film could serve adult audiences well over the next few holiday weekends.
Not succeeding as well, Mortal Engines (#5) bombed with just $7.5 million this weekend. With a budget of $100 million, this marks the year's worst opening weekend for a film opening in over 3,000 locations.
Universal's The Grinch (#3) continues to be one of the holiday season's brightest titles. The pic brought in $11.58 million, helping its domestic total cross $240 million.
In limited release, The Favourite (#12) expanded to 439 locations, earning $2.57 million. If Beale Street Could Talk (#20) opened to four screens for a total of $219,173. The per-theater average of $54,793 was the highest for the weekend.
Leaving the Top Ten this week, action blunder Robin Hood (#13), horror flick The Possession of Hannah Grace (#15), and awards season hopeful Widows (#14).
This coming weekend, the season's biggest releases begin to open, hoping to swoon holiday audiences. Disney's Mary Poppins Returns will compete against Warner Bros.' Aquaman, while Paramount's Bumblebee will use good reviews to its advantage. Plus, STX's Second Act and Universal's Welcome to Marwen will act as counter-programming to the broader studio pics.
TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)
1. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - $35.4 million
2. THE MULE - $17.210 million
3. THE GRINCH - $11.58 million
4. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - $9.58 million
5. MORTAL ENGINES - $7.5 million
6. CREED II - $5.39 million
7. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - $4.125 million
8. INSTANT FAMILY - $3.72 million
9. FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD - $3.65 million
10. GREEN BOOK - $2.78 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.