Latest Spider-Man spin-off scales box office heights

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ topped US box office this weekend. (AFP Relaxnews pic)

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” snared North American viewers in its web this weekend, earning US$35.4 million (RM148 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 US$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 US$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 US$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 US$154 million in domestic tickets since it opened.

In at fifth was Universal’s newly-released “Mortal Engines,” whose ticket sales stalled at US$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.