It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks at the box office, with Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 scoring a rare threepeat last weekend, mostly due to a lack of competition, bringing in $16. 1 million. But that all changes this weekend as a new, very different kind of animated movie is going to find itself on top, as Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will reign supreme. Also making their way to theaters this weekend are Mortal Engines and The Mule, both of which have very different outlooks.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which features the Miles Morales version of the character front and center alongside an older Peter Parker, has scored rave reviews thus far, currently sitting at a 99 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That, coupled with the general love for the character, will help Sony's animated superhero flick win the weekend box office with a take of around $30 million, based on projections. Though, some estimates have it getting much closer to the $40 million range and, with the positive buzz, that's not too tough to believe.
Another newcomer this weekend has its sights set on the number two spot as Clint Eastwood's drug smuggling drama The Mule looks to bring in between $15 and $20 million to start off its run. While Eastwood's movies are often seen as awards season contenders, in this case, Warner Bros. simply views this as a crowd-pleaser. Eastwood returns in front of the camera this time as a drug running mule working for the cartel who is pushing 90-years-old in the crazy based on real-life tale. Bradley Cooper co-stars in the movie.
On the other end of the spectrum is Mortal Engines, which is a massive CGI blockbuster that hails from producer Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame. Directed by Christian Rivers, the movie comes with a massive $100 million price tag and, unfortunately, this likely isn't going to be the franchise starter that Universal was hoping for. Estimates on the low end have it bringing in just $10 million, with even the most optimistic projections around $17 million. This could be duking it out with Robin Hood as the biggest blockbuster flop of 2018, when all's said and done.
While it likely won't crack the top five, Fox has Once Upon a Deadpool in theaters this weekend, which opened last night. The PG-13 take on Deadpool 2, which features Fred Savage taking on a similar role to the one he had in The Princess Bride, has been met with a mixed reception, but should help the studio cash in further on the hit sequel.
Rounding out the top five will be a pair of animated holdovers in the form of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (around $12 million) and The Grinch (around $11 million). Also opening this week in limited release is If Beale Street Could Talk, which comes from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and is positioned as an Oscar hopeful. Sony also has an Oscar hopeful in Capernaum opening on a few screens. Last, but not least, is the very controversial The House That Jack Built from Lars Von Trier, opening on 30 screens. Be sure to check out our full list of weekend box office predictions and check back with us on Sunday for the top ten estimates. These numbers were provided by Box Office Mojo.