‘Across the Spider-Verse’ Officially Breaks 2023 Record

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Miles Morales (left), Peter B. Parker (middle), and Spider-Gwen (right)

Credit: Sony Pictures Animation / Marvel Studios

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is officially headed into opening weekend, and it’s already broken 2023 box-office records on day one.

With Thursday preview numbers shooting Across the Spider-Verse to the second-highest preview of an animated movie and second-highest for a Spider-Man film, it was already shaping up to be a massive weekend. The long-awaited sequel comes five years after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), which first introduced viewers to Miles Morales and the Spider-Verse. With several Spider-Man variants and different animation styles wrapped up into one movie, the film blew audiences away.

Miles Morales running from other Spider-People in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
Credit: Sony Pictures

In the sequel, fans are introduced to even more variants and universes, setting up for the third and final installment in the trilogy, Beyond the Spider-Verse, to be released sometime next year. With the film being so highly anticipated, it’s no surprise that it’s had the biggest opening day of 2023 to date. The film raked in $51.7 million according to Deadline, beating even The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($31.7 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ($48.1 million). It also marks the best opening day for a Sony Pictures Animation film.

Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
Credit: Sony Pictures Animation

The news comes as Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid (2023) debuted with a Memorial Day opening weekend record of $117.5 million. It’s officially surpassed the global total of the 1989 original, well on its way to being one of Disney’s best live-action remakes. However, it’s clear that Sony’s Across the Spider-Verse will see higher numbers, possibly even beating The Super Mario Bros. Movie record-breaking total box-office.

miles morlaes fights spot in new spider-man: across the spider-verse ad
Credit: Sony Pictures

The Super Mario Bros. Movie just reached the spot of the second-highest-grossing animated film, falling behind Frozen II (2019) and just above Frozen (2013). Considering Spider-Verse has already beaten its opening-day numbers, and is currently projected for a $113 million weekend, it’s highly possible it will continue to climb, breaking records along the way.

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