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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse dramatically outperforms Into the Spider-Verse in its opening weekend

The movie took $120.5 million in its first weekend, compared to $33.5 million for the 2018 opener

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Image credit: Sony Animation

Turns out that a lot of people wanted to return to the Spider-Verse; Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse had an opening weekend that massively outperformed its 2018 predecessor, scoring the second-best opening weekend of 2023, and the third-best opening weekend for any Spider-Man movie ever. Not bad for a kid from Brooklyn.

Across the Spider-Verse made $120.5 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. box office — coming in just short of Super Mario Bros’ $146.3 million — setting new records for Sony Animation, and outperforming Marvel Studios’ much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which opened to $118.4 million. It also dramatically outperformed 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which opened to $33.5 million… which, for those curious, means that it made 241% more than the first movie in the series.

That $120.5 million means that it’s also in the top 3 highest opening weekends for Spider-Man movies as a whole, behind 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which earned $260.1 million and $151.1 million respectively.

The animated movie didn’t just do well in the North American markets; it also dramatically outperformed expectations internationally, taking in $88.1 million in 59 markets across the world. (It’s not open in every country just yet; Japan and Korea get the movie later in the month.) European grosses for the movie alone totalled $30.5 million, with $11.5 million of that coming from the UK alone — apparently, Spider-Punk was a really good idea, you guys — with China bringing in $17.3 million. In total, the movie made close to 3 times more internationally in its opening weekend than Into the Spider-Verse.

Given the movie’s incredibly strong word-of-mouth — with many on social media already announcing plans to see the movie again in theaters — this bodes very well for 2023 having a Spider-Summer. The Flash, which opens June 16, certainly has its work cut out in making a big splash by comparison.

We're certainly excited about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. So much so that we've written about Miles swinging into Fortnite, covered the Spider-Verse Burger King takeover, looked into the new Spider-Jordans, and even eaten a Spider-Whopper.

If you want to get up to date on all Spider-movies before watching this one, check out our Spider-Man movies watch order. Or maybe you want to go a little more complex with our comprehensive Spider-Verse watch order (it has EVERYTHING). If that isn't enough Spider-writing for you, check out Five Spider-hero comics to read that aren’t about Peter Parker's Spider-Man.

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Graeme McMillan

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Popverse staff writer Graeme McMillan (he/him) has been writing about comics, culture, and comics culture on the internet for close to two decades at this point, which is terrifying to admit. He completely understands if you have problems understanding his accent.