Sony’s stylish animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which features an Afro-Latino teen named Miles Morales under the mask (voiced by Shameik Moore), is on track to sell an estimated $35.4 million in tickets at 3,813 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday.
Produced on a budget of $90 million the film was predicted to land somewhere between $30 million and $40 million. This latest version of Spider-Man stars Shameik Moore, who voices Miles Morales an Afro-Latino teen and the first black Spiderman ever introduced into the Spider-Verse.
Sony’s latest effort to mine the popularity of the Spider-Man mythos, which it has long licensed from Marvel. In October, the studio released the Spider-Man-adjacent live-action film Venom, which has grossed $852.7 million at the worldwide box office.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an arousing declaration that superheroes are for everyone, including, people who aren’t white men. The film gives us a glimpse of a multiverse in which heroes are as diverse and as varied as the world we live in — though it’s ultimately still a little unclear whether that multiverse or that world, really exists.
The film has been very well-received among critics, and audiences in exit surveys gave it a rare A+ CinemaScore — a first for a Spider-Man film. It’s also been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the best-animated feature and picked up a few honors from critics’ groups as well, including the New York Film Critics Circle.