Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took over the domestic box office with an estimated $35.4 million from 3,813 theaters, an average of $9,284 per location. That means the film has set a new opening weekend record for an animated film in December. Internationally, Into the Spider-Verse debuted with $21 million from 44 markets and will open in China next week. Made for $90 million, the movie received an excellent A+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse screenplay was written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film was produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. The film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber.
Clint Eastwood’s The Mule (Warner Bros. Pictures) debuted in second place in North America with $17.2 million from 2,588 theaters, an average of $6,650 per site. In addition to directing, Eastwood stepped in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Ignacio Serricchio and Loren Dean, Eugene Cordero. The film cost $50 million to make and received an A- CinemaScore.
While those films performed well in the U.S., the big story again overseas was Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, which added another $126.4 million and has now grossed $261.3 million internationally. It was the No. 1 film internationally for the second-straight weekend and has now earned $189.2 million in China alone. Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, and Temuera Morrison. The film will open in North American theaters on December 21.
Back at the domestic box office, Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures) dropped only one spot to third place with another $11.6 million its sixth weekend. The film has now grossed $239.3 million domestically. Internationally, the animated movie has reached $133.4 million and the worldwide sum is up to $372.7 million. Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, the $75 million film features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams.
Dropping down three spots to fourth was Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet, which collected $9.6 million and has earned $154.5 million in North America after four weeks. The sequel has grossed $130.7 million overseas and its worldwide total is at $285.2 million. The first film, Wreck-It Ralph, earned $189.4 million domestically and $281.8 million internationally, for a global total of $471.2 million. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet was made for $175 million and features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, Glozell Green, Hamish Blake, Alfred Molina, and Gal Gadot.
Even though co-writer and producer Peter Jackson promoted the film a lot, Universal Pictures’ Mortal Engines opened in fifth place with just $7.5 million from 3,103 theaters, an average of $2,417. Made for $100 million, the film’s international tally is at $34.8 million. Mortal Engines received a B- CinemaScore from audiences. Directed by Christian Rivers, the film stars Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang.
Dropping three spots to sixth, Creed II (MGM) added $5.4 million and has now earned $104.8 million domestically after four weeks. The sequel has also grossed $27 million overseas so far. Directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, and Russell Hornsby. The film was made for $50 million.
20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody brought in $4.1 million its seventh weekend and has now earned $180.4 million domestically. The film added yet another $20 million from 58 international markets and is up to $455 million overseas, for an impressive global total of $635.9 million. Made for just $52 million, Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, as well as Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.
Once Upon a Deadpool also opened in theaters, although it looks like moviegoers are more interested in the R-rated Deadpool. The PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 managed to make just $2.6 million from 1,566 theaters.