Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s latest film, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” has made a massive impact at the global box office with an impressive opening weekend gross of $208.6 million. This accomplishment is particularly noteworthy as it marks Sony’s most successful animated launch of all time. The international box office debut alone raked in $88.1 million, surpassing early projections and achieving 2.8 times the performance of its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” in comparable markets (excluding China).
The film’s success can be attributed to positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, which have propelled it to must-see status for audiences this summer. Currently, the movie is playing in 59 markets worldwide, with releases in Japan and Korea scheduled for later in June. Interestingly, the decision to avoid competition with a local Korean film called “The Roundup: No Way Out,” which enjoyed an extraordinary $34 million opening weekend, demonstrates strategic thinking on the part of the studio.
Among the various international markets, China emerged as the top performer, grossing an impressive $17.3 million. The film received excellent scores from audiences, with a rating of 8.9 on Douban (the highest ever for a Marvel title), 9.4 on Maoyan, and 9.4 on Taopiaopiao. Mexico followed closely behind with $11.6 million, while the UK secured the third spot with $11.5 million.
Turning to specific market performances, preliminary reports indicate that “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” has already achieved remarkable milestones. In India, the film broke the all-time opening day record for an animated movie, earning an impressive $610,000, despite its non-traditional Thursday release. This figure surpassed the total opening weekend grosses of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Moreover, the film set new market records in India with the widest release on over 2,000 screens and availability in 10 languages.
On Thursday, Mexico recorded a gross of $2.5 million, double the opening day figure of “Into the Spider-Verse” and 87% higher than “The Little Mermaid,” “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.” In the UK, the film generated $1.1 million, representing a significant 5.3 times increase compared to the original film.
The French market witnessed a successful Wednesday launch, generating $935,000, which was 3.5 times the opening day figure of the first “Spider-Verse” film. The film received positive responses on social media, with Allocine ratings of 4.1 from critics and 4.5 from audiences. The cumulative box office in France by Thursday reached $1.3 million. Additionally, Australia saw an opening day gross of $875,000, surpassing the first installment by 2.5 times and outperforming “Ant-Man 3” by 25% and “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” by 2%.
China, known for its affinity towards the Spider-Man character, continues to exhibit strong support for the film. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” has received positive ratings from both critics and audiences, with a Douban score of 9 and a Maoyan rating of 9.4. The film has amassed a local gross of $4 million in China alone, and it is set to open in Spain on Friday. Furthermore, upcoming releases in Japan and Korea are scheduled for the 16th and 21st of this month, respectively.
As the weekend progresses, further updates on the film’s box office performance will be provided, allowing us to gauge the continued success of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” on the global stage.