Movies: ‘Spider-Man’ slings back into box office top spot

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“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” returned to the top of the box-office charts, but “The Flash” dropped faster than the movie did.

The animated Spider-Man sequel, which stars Shameik Moore as teenage webslinger Miles Morales, reclaimed the top spot in North American theaters with $19.3 million in its fourth week of release. The latest figures put the Sony movie at a staggering $317.1 million domestically and $560.3 million worldwide.

“Spider-Verse” surpassed “Elemental,” which held second place for the second week in a row with an estimated $18.5 million. The movie held onto that spot after experiencing the worst three-day opening in Pixar’s history last week.

No movie has seen a more dramatic decline than the big-budget film The Flash, which grossed $15.2 million. The DC and Warner Bros. superhero movie starring Ezra Miller has grossed less than US$55 million in its second week at the box office, down 72% from its first week.

So far, The Flash has racked up numbers that fall short of a $200 million movie. Some attribute the film’s woes to Miller’s off-screen actions, including arrests and misconduct. The actor apologized and sought mental health treatment.

“The Flash” barely surpassed “No Hard Feeling,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Andrew Barth-Feldman. This sleazy comedy, which opened at No. 4 with $15.1 million, tells the story of a teenage boy’s parents who hire a woman (Lawrence) to date them to boost their confidence.

‘Transformers: Rise of the Beast’ was #5 with $122.9 million in its third week of release for $11.6 million. It surpassed Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City,” which exceeded expectations at $9 million.

At No. 7, “The Little Mermaid” raised $8.6 million, bringing the total to over $270 million.

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final national statistics will be released on Monday.

  1. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” $19.3 million.
  2. “Elemental,” $18.4 million;
  3. Flash,” $15.2 million.
  4. “No Hard Feelings,” $15.1 million.
  5. Transformers: Rise of the Beast,” $11.6 million.
  6. “Asteroid City” $9 million.
  7. “The Little Mermaid” $8.6 million.
  8. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” $3.5 million.
  9. “The Blackening,” $3 million.
  10. “The Boogeyman,” $2.5 million.

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