It was another good weekend for the hugely popular anime sequel, “Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse.” The film was No. 1 again over the weekend, topping the domestic box office with an additional $19 million in ticket sales per Box Office Mojo figure. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “The Flash” and DC continues to crater at the box office, with the film losing 72.5% in its second weekend, falling to No. 3 and $15 million in its second frame. That doesn’t look good for the comic book superhero movie starring Ezra Miller right now.
‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ is still going strong
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” now brings its current domestic box office total to $316 million, far exceeding the original’s $190 million domestic take. The film also grossed $559 million worldwide, and that number continues to climb. At this point, “Across the Spider-Verse” should easily surpass “Spider-Man: Homecoming”‘s domestic take of $334 million before it leaves theaters.
As previously reported by The Blast, “The Flash” already got off to a very slow start at the box office for its opening weekend, grossing just $55 million over the weekend. With a production budget likely in the $200 million range, the film is highly unlikely to break even for the studio. At this point, the film has only grossed $87 million domestically and $210 million worldwide.
While the movie didn’t do well in theaters, DC Studios CEO James Gunn still seems to have faith in its director, Andy Muschietti. Gunn has hired Muschietti to direct the upcoming “Batman” film for DC Studios, which will be part of the brand’s next phase of theatrical films. The new “Batman” feature is titled “The Brave and the Bold” and will feature Batman/Bruce Wayne with his son, Damian Wayne, becoming the new Robin. Muschietti’s sister, Barbara Muschietti, who also produced “The Flash”, was also hired to produce the film.
Despite a relatively low opening weekend, Pixar’s “Elemental” had a pretty decent hold over the weekend, coming in at No. 2 and grossing $18.4 million, closely following “Across the Spider.” -Pour”. The CG-animated family film dropped 37.4% for its second frame. The problem “Elemental” faces is that it, like “The Flash,” has a whopping $200 million budget. It will therefore take some remarkable catches in the coming weeks to try to recoup some of these costs.
The new R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Lawrence, “No Hard Feelings,” grossed $15 million over the weekend and came third. The film garnered mixed reviews from critics, with a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it currently has an 87% Audience Score. With a budget of around $45 million, $15 million is a pretty decent opening weekend for an R-rated comedy.
Currently, Sony Pictures has its “Across the Spider-Verse” sequel, “Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse” slated for release on March 29, 2024. However, recently there have been discussions online that “Beyond the Spider-Verse” will not make this targeted release date. Sony has yet to delay the feature. An animator from the film’s animation team, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Vulture: “There’s no way this movie will come out then.”
Co-star Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman in the first two films, told The Hollywood Reporter that she has yet to record a line for the trio. So it should be interesting to see where the third film ends.