Spider-Man: Into First Place

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into the spider verse

There are those who say that we live in an infinite number of universes. For some scientists who reject the idea of a Creator, it helps explain the outrageously outlandish improbability that life exists at all; and many a science-fiction and comic book writer has leveraged the theory to create wildly creative twists on well-worn stories.

I can’t speak for how Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse performed in any other universe. But in this one, the animated flick performed just dandy.

The latest Spider-Man movie, which pulls a variety of spider-people (and a spider-pig) from various parallel universes, caught an estimated $35.4 million in its neato-keano web and swung all the way to first place. That’s the biggest animated December opening ever, by the way, and it officially makes it the second-most popular movie featuring a Marvel Spider-being this year (behind Avengers: Infinity War, of course).

Nothing rivaled Spidey’s popularity this weekend, but The Mule proved there’s still a little kick in 88-year-old Clint Eastwood’s step. His bleak, problematic drama sauntered into second with $17.2 million, which should allow Eastwood to live in luxury should he ever retire to the Hollywood Geriatric Legend Nursing Home. Y’know, maybe when he turns 110.

Speaking of long-in-the-tooth entertainers, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch has now been gallivanting about the box-office’s top five slots for six straight weeks: In a world that prizes the new and shiny over the old and grizzled, The Grinch almost qualifies for carbon dating. But ’tis the season for this Christmas-themed flick, and it earned another $11.6 million to finish third. The Grinch has now pocketed $239.3 million domestically. He’ll be able to buy a mighty fine roast beast with that haul.

After spending the last three weeks at No. 1, Ralph Breaks the Internet tumbled all the way down to four with $9.6 million. That means that there were three animated movies in the top five. I guess you could say that audiences were (ahem) drawn to them.

Ha ha! I crack myself up.

I needed to serve up a bad pun before talking about the fifth-place movie. Mortal Engines, which features massive, moving metropoli that devour other, smaller metropoli, got stuck in the mud as only a city on caterpillar tracks can. The movie, which cost an estimated $100 million to make), took in a dismal $7.5 million in its opening week. This flick looks very mortal indeed.

One final note: Once Upon a Deadpool, the PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2, collected $2.6 million over the weekend to finish 11th, bringing its total to $3.9 million (since it opened on Tuesday). Officially, all those earnings are being shoveled into the original Deadpool 2′s coffers, which means that Deadpool 2′s gross gross has climbed to $318.5 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Kal El 24 days ago
Glad Spider-Verse and Deadpool are succeeding, they both deserve it.

I can’t comment on The Mule as I haven’t gotten to see it yet.

It’s a shame Illumination’s horrîbly màngled afront to the Grinch has made so much money. I love the book, TV special, and Jim Carrey movie, and I can honestly say this goofy, lîfeless, cash grab remake is one of the wôrst movies I’ve seen all year. But this just confirms what I’ve been saying for so long: kids movies don’t even have to try hard to be worthwhile, because kids, bless their hearts, are naîve to how loüsy some of these movies are, and will drag their parents to go see them regardless. Thankfully once in a while a great kids movie comes out that saves us adults of losing our minds where that genre is concerned. Other than the ‘femînist’ agènda crāp I felt like Wreck-It Ralph 2 was really solid, so there’s that...
Anonymous 27 days ago
I also managed to see The Star last night, which I know was highly recommended on here, and while I appreciate the fact that it was an animated tale about Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus into the world, the whole thing felt rather silly and way too slapsticky for me. The only animal I really liked, and who was the least annoying out of everyone, was Bo the donkey. Everyone else just got on my nerves after awhile, and the evil villain guy with the weird helmet on his head certainly didn't help anything. I really wanted to like The Star, but sadly the inclusion of talking animals to the mix just ended up making it worse than it needed to be.
Anonymous 27 days ago
To think that the same guys who made The Star and The Emoji movie (among other cinematic "masterpieces") also did Into The Spider-Verse...

What a world we live in...

-Evan
Anonymous 26 days ago
I actually thought the Emoji Movie was a lot better than I thought it was going to be except for Patrick Stewart playing poop, but The Star really felt like a let-down to me. I guess if I wanna see a quality Christmas special about Mary and Joseph I need to go watch Nestor again on tv, and yes I know 10 or so years ago The Nativity Story was released, but frankly that movie put me to sleep the one time I tried to watch it.
Anonymous 27 days ago

I'm planning on seeing Mary Poppins Returns on Christmas Eve with my mom and oldest sister and really hope I like it. I've always loved the original, so I'm really hoping the sequel 50 years later is as good if not better.

And by the way I just finished checking out and reading Bart Millard's I Can Only Imagine memoir from my local library and definitely loved it more than I ever did the movie. The film was nothing special, sort of like a more Christian version of Walk the Line, but definitely not as interesting or good I might add, but the book makes you care so much more about Bart throughout, goes into greater detail about what happened to his dad once he found Christ, and even told stuff about his brother and best friend Kent who the movie never even mentions. All in all I would definitely recommend the book I Can Only Imagine, but not the movie.

Anonymous 29 days ago
Unfortunately, I was not one of the contributors to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Number One spot. Hopefully, I'll get to see it before too long...

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Anonymous 29 days ago
Same here. My friends and I are all super hyped for the movie and are planing on seeing it after the Christmas rush is done and we all have more time.

-Evan
Anonymous 29 days ago
I'm gonna either see it with my family Christmas week or with some friends sometime after Christmas week. I'm really looking forward to seeing it! I'm a big Marvel fan and it looks awesome.

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Lyn Chartowich 28 days ago
Yeah...I'm gonna mention it to my dad and brothers. I think they might like it!
Anonymous 29 days ago
What? You mean Hollywood adapted yet another soulless, derivative YA movie from a book that no one knows or cares about, and it DIDN’T become a smash hit?! The shock of it all!
Anonymous 27 days ago
I'm still hoping they'll make another Unfortunate Events film with JIm Carrey in it since the first one is one of my favorites.