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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Flying High

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12.12.2018

After a humdrum weekend at the box office, in which “Ralph Breaks the Internet’s” $16 million haul was enough to top domestic charts, multiplexes should get a boost from a trio of new arrivals.

Studios are re-entering the fray after a quiet post-Thanksgiving frame, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” looks to be the title that ends “Ralph’s” three-week reign. Sony is projecting a $30 million launch when the web-slinging superhero enters over 3,800 North American venues. Industry analysts are far more bullish and anticipate that early buzz could lift its start to north of $39 million. Even the lower end of that range will be enough to best “Mortal Engines” and “The Mule,” the other newcomers this weekend.

The upcoming animated adventure spotlights Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a half-Puerto Rican and half-African-American teenager from Brooklyn whose Spidey senses start tingling when he visits an abandoned subway terminal with his uncle (Mahershala Ali). This rendition, which cost $90 million to produce, takes place in a universe where (are you sitting down?) more than one Spider-Man exists. Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, and John Mulaney round out the voice cast. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” produced the latest feature from Sony’s arsenal of Marvel characters and hope to prove once again that Stan Lee’s rich comic-book empire is all but immune to superhero fatigue.

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“Spider-Verse” has already racked up plaudits, including a Golden Globe nod for best animated feature, and boasts an........

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