We’re almost done with 2018, but Hollywood still has a few high-profile movies to deliver to audiences. Among them is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which arrives this weekend and is introducing Miles Morales to the cinematic realm just seven years after he was brought into the comics. Into the Spider-Verse was already poised to get off to a solid start on opening weekend, but now the estimations have improved slightly, with the animated superhero movie currently predicted to make somewhere between $30 million to $35 million.
The original opening weekend range for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was $28 million to $35 million. So while the maximum range is still settled at $35 million, the minimum range has gone up slightly. Also keep in mind that in the end, these are all just guesses, as calculated as they may be. The positive buzz on Into the Spider-Verse (it’s ranked at 99% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes) might result in even more people checking it out in theaters, thus boosting the box office profit. Into the Spider-Verse already has critical reception going for it, so perhaps it’ll follow suit on the commercial front.
As far as competition goes that same opening weekend, the biggest movies Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is going up against are The Mule and Mortal Engines. The former is predicted to open in the “mid to high teens,” while the latter is only expected to pull in between $10 million to $13 million. So Into the Spider-Verse will almost certainly come out on the top, though with next week bringing Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman and Bumblebee, it will be interested to see how the Web-Slinger’s animated adventure fares in its second week.
In terms of who’s interested in seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Deadline mentioned that “interest is strong among families, African American and Hispanic demos.” The families part makes sense, as typically the superhero movie genre is populated by live action, PG-13 romps, whereas this is an animated adventure that younger Spider-Man fans can enjoy on the big screen. As for the African American and Hispanic demos, that’s also not surprising given that Miles Morales is a half-African America, half-Hispanic hero.
While Miles Morales is the star of the show in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he’s far from the only Spider-hero appearing. This version of Miles’ origin story sees him being mentored by an older, disheveled Peter Parker from another universe, and they’re later joined by Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and Spider-Ham. Together, they’ll band together to fight a horde of villains led by Kingpin.