The Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” sequel is benefiting from positive reviews and lingering affection for the original, one of the first cinematic journeys into the multiverse.
Critics flipped for the first one, and although if reviews are still under embargo, assuming the sequel lands successfully, the notices might raise “Across the Spider-Verse” even farther.
However, the market is congested and five years have passed since fans first saw Miles Morales and a large group of Spider-People.
Additionally, there is an ever-growing selection of superhero movies and streaming series to choose from, boosting competition for moviegoers who prefer their heroes to be dressed in costumes and masks.
In spite of this, monitoring indicates that “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” should have no issue ascending to the top of the box office rankings when it debuts on June 2.
The movie “Across the Spider-Verse” is expected to gross $80 million during its opening. That represents a significant improvement above the $35.4 million that “Into the Spider-Verse” opened with when it first opened in theaters.
Rival studios and exhibitors, though, predict that the sequel will likely debut at $90 million or even higher. “Across the Spider-Verse” will need to expand its appeal to include families as well as youths and adults under the age of 40 if it is to reach or surpass that goal.
It may also depend on how well “The Little Mermaid,” the Disney remake of the animated classic that topped the Memorial Day box office with $117.5 million over the four-day holiday and $95.4 million for the weekend, holds up; if it overperforms that may make it more difficult for the Spidey sequel to appeal to younger audiences.
Given that many major studio animated films cost twice as much, Sony Pictures’ production of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” was surprisingly produced at $100 million.
The movie, which was directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, centers on Miles as he teams up with his girlfriend Gwen Stacy to try to protect his Spider brethren from a supervillain known as the Spot.
Miles’ voice is once again provided by Shameik Moore, and Gwen is once more portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. Brian Tyree Henry, Issa Rae, Jason Schwartzman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Oscar Isaac are all featured in the cast.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set to be released on 2 June, 2023 in Nigeria.