SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE Swings Into No. 1 Spot at the Weekend Box Office
By Movieguide® Contributor
Miles Morales squashed the box office competition this weekend with the debut of SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.
The film earned a staggering $120.5 million within the country. SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE ranked second for biggest opening weekend, just behind number one, THE SUPER MARIOS BROS. MOVIE.
The movie featured Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld) on a journey through the multiverse. The pair met the Spider Society, led by Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac). All three teamed up to face a new threat.
The movie is pro-family, and even has a reference to prayer.
In SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE, Miles Morales encounters a new supervillain calling himself “The Spot.” The Spot is able to throw a large black spot onto a bank vault and steal money or escape through one of the spots he casts. When The Spot amasses enough power to threaten the multiverse, Miles teams up with a society of Spider-Men or Spider-People to stop The Spot. Eventually, however, Miles faces a moral dilemma that affects the people he loves the most.
SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE is a creative, exciting, funny animated superhero movie. It has several unexpected twists that add to the viewer’s enjoyment. Happily, ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE also has a strong pro-family theme. For example, there are heartfelt scenes of love and reconciliation between Miles and his parents and between a Spider-Woman character and her father. Also, a Spider-Man from another universe and his wife have a new baby. Finally, an early image shows a family holding hands and praying together. That said, SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE has lots of PG action violence and brief foul language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE’s success proves yet again that audiences are eager for movies that will inspire and uplift them. Families flock to the box office when they know they can trust a title to promote positive biblical values, including prayer, self-sacrifice, the value of life, forgiveness, and redemption, among others.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, the first in the Spider-Verse trilogy, was nominated for a Movieguide® Award due to its strong moral themes. The final movie, BEYOND THE SPIDER-VERSE is due out next year.
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