Box Office Results - 'Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse', 'The Mule' and 'Mortal Engines'
Well, my self-proclaimed “bold” predictions last week did not do me any favors. I am 1-for-3 this weekend. Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse did well but I was hoping for more of a breakout success. The Mule did a little better than I was expecting while Mortal Engines did a lot worse. Let’s take a look below:
Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony)
Prediction: $45 million
Actual: $35.3 million
I sure was expecting Spider-man to really explode based off of the stellar reception it’s been getting, but it didn’t. Still, with the holiday season just around the corner, Spider-man is going to have killer legs and should still end up a pretty big hit for Sony. The film pulled in $35 million this weekend, which doesn’t sound all that great when you hold it up to its $90 million production budget, but when you consider just how well movies can hold up during this season, it should be just fine. I expect Spider-man to at least quadruple it’s opening weekend and end up with a grand total of around $140 million…maybe more.
The Mule (WB)
Prediction: $14 million
Actual: $17.5 million
Clint Eastwood’s fanbase came through this weekend, taking The Mule to a fairly impressive $17.5 million opening weekend. What’s even better is that this appeals to an older audience, whom are generally slower to get out to the theater. This indicates potentially strong legs throughout the holiday season, possibly enough to carry this film past the century mark by the time the dust settles. I predict The Mule will pull in around $105 million overall.
Mortal Engines (Universal)
Prediction: $12 million
Actual: $7.6 million
There was another crippling blow for live-action fantasy in the form of Mortal Engines’ disintegration at the box office this weekend. I thought I was going pretty low already with $12 million and believed that the Peter Jackson factor would salvage this film ever so slightly. It didn’t. Audiences were smart to pick up that this wasn’t a true Peter Jackson and steered clear. Which is sad, because it’s a fun film that deserves a little more attention than it’s getting. With a meager $7.6 million opening, expect Mortal Engines to crawl it’s way to a pathetic $35 million by the time it leaves theaters.
The Top Ten:
1. Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse - $35.3 million (NEW)
2. The Mule - $17.5 million (NEW)
3. The Grinch - $11.7 million
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet - $9.3 million
5. Mortal Engines - $7.6 million (NEW)
6. Creed II - $5.4 million
7. Bohemian Rhapsody - $4.3 million
8. Instant Family - $3.8 million
9. Fantastic Beasts 2 - $3.8 million
10. Green Book - $2.8 million