|Shameik Moore voices Miles Morales in Sony’s animation "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse". — AFP Photo|
LOS ANGELES — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse snared North American viewers in its web this weekend, earning US$35.4 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday.
Sony’s action-packed animation sees Peter Parker make way for Miles Morales as Spider-Man – a black, Latino character new to theatre-goers, but not comic book enthusiasts.
The Spider-Man of his dimension, Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, joins forces with Spideys from parallel realities to stop a threat menacing all of them.
In at second was Warner Bros’ crime film The Mule, which earned $17.2 million. Clint Eastwood both directed and took the lead as a destitute 90-year-old who turns to transporting cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch dropped one place to third, earning $11.6 million over the weekend. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the grouchy title character as he plots to steal Christmas.
Fourth place went to Ralph Breaks the Internet, which took in $9.6 million after spending three weeks at the top of the box office. The animated film, a sequel to 2012’s Wreck It Ralph, has sold $154 million in domestic tickets since it opened.
In at fifth was Universal’s newly-released Mortal Engines, whose ticket sales stalled at $7.5 million.
The post-apocalyptic sci-fi sees Hera Hilmar star as the only person who can stop the city of London – now a colossal wheeled predator – from chomping up all in its path.
Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:
Creed II ($5.4 million)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($4.1 million)
Instant Family ($3.7 million)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($3.7 million)
Green Book ($2.8 million). — AFP