Streeport: In an electrifying turn of events, the long-awaited sequel, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” has arrived with a resounding impact, captivating moviegoers and smashing box office records. This animated marvel, helmed by the talented trio of Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, has spun a web of excitement, raking in an astonishing $17.35 million during Thursday previews.
Industry insiders are buzzing with anticipation, predicting a blockbuster opening weekend that could soar as high as $90 million, eclipsing its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which debuted with $35.4 million. Some even dare to dream that it might exceed the $100 million mark. The level of anticipation surrounding “Across the Spider-Verse” is unmatched, surpassing all expectations.
The spectacular achievements of “Across the Spider-Verse” become even more impressive when considering its position among animated movies. Its Thursday previews secured the second-highest preview gross for an animated film, trailing just behind the beloved “The Incredibles 2.” Furthermore, it claimed the second-highest preview earnings for any “Spider-Man” film, narrowly falling behind the record-breaking “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which netted a staggering $50 million.
The film’s success can be attributed to its captivating storyline and the return of beloved cast members. Fans will be thrilled to see Shameik Moore reprising his role as the charismatic Miles Morales, accompanied by the talented Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy and the hilarious Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker. This time around, Miles embarks on an exhilarating journey, meeting a host of new Spider-People, including the enigmatic Miguel O’Hara (voiced by Oscar Isaac), the fearless Jessica Drew (voiced by Issa Rae), the spirited Spider-Man India (voiced by Karan Soni), and the rebellious Spider-Punk (voiced by Daniel Kaluuya).
The film’s overwhelmingly positive reviews have added fuel to the already blazing excitement, further solidifying its reputation as a must-see cinematic experience. Critics and audiences alike have praised its stunning animation, engaging storytelling, and the seamless incorporation of the captivating Spider-Verse concept.
The current trajectory of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” suggests that it will achieve box office numbers typically reserved for live-action Marvel superhero films. Preliminary figures indicate that the film could earn over $40 million on its opening day alone. As the weekend unfolds, experts predict a trajectory that could easily propel it towards the coveted $100 million milestone across its extensive release in 4,313 theaters.
Industry insiders hold optimistic projections, with some speculating that the film might even surpass the $110 million mark during its opening weekend. However, what sets “Spider-Verse” apart is the passionate fanbase that is likely to drive sales for premium large format (PLF) and IMAX screenings. Even if the film settles in the high-$90 million range, it will stand as an undeniable triumph when compared to the original film’s debut.
The film’s appeal extends beyond die-hard fans, capturing the attention of a wider audience. Enthusiasm builds around Hailee Steinfeld’s portrayal of Gwen Stacy, generating buzz among Super Mario Bros enthusiasts. Audiences and MCU fans alike find themselves caught up in discussions surrounding the potential expansion of the Spider-Verse franchise, both in animated and live-action formats, with streaming platforms also becoming part of the conversation.
While the jaw-dropping visual spectacle of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” left audiences spellbound in 2018, its sequel, “Across the Spider-Verse,” weaves a more intricate web, delivering a richer but weightier experience. As the story unfolds, it embraces emotional depth while maintaining its adrenaline-pumping action sequences. The film occasionally flirts with the boundless possibilities of the multiverse, hinting at a much larger narrative that lays the groundwork for what promises to be an even more satisfying sequel.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is set to become an iconic chapter in the Spider-Man saga, thrilling audiences with its awe-inspiring animation and captivating storytelling. With its phenomenal box office success and a wave of positive reviews, it’s clear that this web-slinging adventure will leave fans eagerly awaiting the next installment in the franchise.