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“Mortal Engines” bombers as the “Spider-Verse” tops box office

"Deadly Engines"(Universal Pictures) "Spider-Man: In the Spider-Verse" turned to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters, showing that there is a lot of public interest in large screen animated versions of Marvel's marquee superheroes. The film led a host of newcomers who debuted to varying success on this Christmas weekend, including Clint Eastwood's drug smuggling drama "The Mule" and Peter Jackson-produced epic "Mortal Engines" who bombed North American theaters. "In the Spider Verse" estimated $ 35.4 million from 3.81 3 theaters against a $ 90 million production budget according to Sony Pictures on Sunday, which is a record for animated films in December (although the hybrid "Alvin and Chipmunks" movies were higher). The film has an innovative animation style – both CGI and handwritten – and focuses on Miles Morale's character as he learns to be the famous web slinger. There is another financial gain for the studio's recent "Extended Spider-Man-Universe" strategy for "Venom" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming." And "Spider-Verse" has been very well received by critics and audience in exit investigations gave it a rare A + CinemaScore – a first for a Spider-Man movie. It has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the best animated feature and retrieved some critics' critics, including the New York Film Critics Circle. "We play for both families and fanboys. A movie from the entire audience," said Adrian Smith, Sony's president of domestic distribution. They also have an eight-day landing run until the great launch…

“Spider-Man: In the Spider-Verse” turned to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters, showing that there is a lot of public interest in large screen animated versions of Marvel’s marquee superheroes.

The film led a host of newcomers who debuted to varying success on this Christmas weekend, including Clint Eastwood’s drug smuggling drama “The Mule” and Peter Jackson-produced epic “Mortal Engines” who bombed North American theaters.

“In the Spider Verse” estimated $ 35.4 million from 3.81

3 theaters against a $ 90 million production budget according to Sony Pictures on Sunday, which is a record for animated films in December (although the hybrid “Alvin and Chipmunks” movies were higher). The film has an innovative animation style – both CGI and handwritten – and focuses on Miles Morale’s character as he learns to be the famous web slinger. There is another financial gain for the studio’s recent “Extended Spider-Man-Universe” strategy for “Venom” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

And “Spider-Verse” has been very well received by critics and audience in exit investigations gave it a rare A + CinemaScore – a first for a Spider-Man movie. It has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the best animated feature and retrieved some critics’ critics, including the New York Film Critics Circle.

“We play for both families and fanboys. A movie from the entire audience,” said Adrian Smith, Sony’s president of domestic distribution.

They also have an eight-day landing run until the great launch starts packing the multiplexes.

Clint Eastwood-directed drug smuggling drama “The Mule” debuted in second place with an estimated $ 17.2 million. It’s a solid debut for R-rated films that cost $ 50 million to produce. The Warner Bros. film attracted an audience that was mostly older (78 percent over 35 years) and male (54 percent).

“Clint Eastwood has such a big role as a director and a star,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution.

It’s Eastwood’s first major role in a movie since 2012 and the studio is optimistic about the movie’s lifetime in the holiday.

Not all new movies were so lucky. Coming in fifth behind entertainers “Dr. Seuss” The Grinch “and” Ralph Breaks Internet “were Peter Jackson-produced epic” Mortal Engines “bombed in North American theaters and collected only 7.5 million dollars in ticket sales against a reported 100 million MRC and Universal Pictures produced the post-apocalyptic steampunk movie based on the popular Philip Reeve book, which is the first of four in a series.

Neither critic nor audience responded positively to the Christian riverside film, which, however, has a mortal 28 percent on rotten tomatoes.

This weekend also saw the release of the PG-13 rated version of Deadpool 2, “Once upon A Deadpool”, in 1,576 places. Added to “Deadpool 2’s” cash accounts .

In limited edition, Barry Jenkin’s James Baldwin adaptation opened “If Beale Street Could Talk” in four theaters to very strong $ 219,173. Jenkin’s follow-up of “Moonlight” Expected to be a major player throughout the award period and expanding nationwide in the coming weeks.

Historically, this half-December-Christmas weekend has not been a big feature for movie openings, except last year when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens $ 220 million, which is a total of about 61 percent from last weekend the year and why the annual benefit has fallen slightly to 8.5 percent.

But the industry is still heading for a record year at the box office and has several blockbusters at the end of the game, including “Aquaman”, “Bumblebee” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

“Aquaman” does not hit North American theaters until Friday but the big budget DC superhero The movie is already a blockbuster internationally. In her second weekend in theaters abroad, the film has already earned $ 261.3 million.

“It’s the happiest time of year for Hollywood. This is when you get the big crack at the end, many people get movies,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “It’s about momentum and this momentum should go into next year. “

Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at American and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. If available, also includes the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday. Final domestic numbers will be released on Monday.

1. “Spider-Man: In the Spider-Vers” $ 35.4 million.

2. “The Mule” 17.2 million.

3. Dr. Seuss “The Grinch”, $ 11.6 million.

4. “Ralph Breaks Internet”, $ 9.6 million.

5. “Mortal Engines”, $ 7.5 million.

6. ” Creed II “19659004) 7.” Bohemian Rhapsody “$ 4.1 million.

8.” Instant Family “3.7 million is dollar.

9. “Amazing animals: Grindelwald’s crime”, $ 3.7 million.

10th “Green Book,” $ 2.8 million.

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