SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Eyeing $30M-$40M Opening; Secures China Release Date

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Eyeing $30M-$40M Opening; Secures China Release Date

The pre-release buzz for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been exceedingly positive, possibly even Oscar-caliber, and based on early tracking, the good vibes could reseult in a stellar launch weekend.

While Warner Bros.' Aquaman may be the big-ticket comic book movie of the holiday season, it's Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that's shaping up to be the superhero adventure fans should be looking out for this December and based on some early buzz from The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit and Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandro, this Spidey-centric outing could one of this year's biggest and best films - possibly even Oscar-worthy.

Deadline also reports that early tracking suggests Into the Spider-Verse will take aim at a $30 million-plus opening weekend, which would be a solid start for the animated feature, but depending how much momentum it can build between now and December 14th, that figure could jump up to at least $40 million, possibly even higher. THR is a little more conservative with their estimate, predicting an opening in the $28 million to $35 million range. 

On another note, Variety has confirmed that Sony Pictures has successfully secured a China release date for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It will open in the Middle Kingdom on December 21st.

With those projections, it would easily top Warner Bros.' TMNT, a fellow animated superhero movie that bowed to $24.2 million back in 2007 and ultimately finished its run with $95.6 million worldwide ($54.1M domestic; $41.4M foreign). However, it looks like it'll likely fall well short of The LEGO Batman Movie's $53 million opening ($311.9M worldwide total) to become the biggest debut for an animated superhero movie based on a comic book ever, although that's subject to change. The film's performance in China could also go a long way in determining whether it has a legitimate shot at potentially becoming the highest-grossing animated superhero movie based on a comic book ever.

Check out the official China release poster below as well as a number of additional international posters.

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features:
Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman
Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man
Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen
Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis/Prowler
Jake Johnson as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Liev Schreiber as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis
Luna Lauren Vélez as Rio Morales
Lily Tomlin as May Parker

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters December 14
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