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.