Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse surpassed expectations at the box office, earning a total of $683.8 million worldwide. With a production budget of $100 million, the film proved to be a commercial success for Sony Pictures Animation, bringing in almost a quarter billion dollars in profit. The sequel’s success can be attributed to its ambitious story, animation, and its appealing array of Spider-Man variants, attracting fans of the character.
Cost to make Across The Spider-Verse
In comparison to its predecessor, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Across the Spider-Verse had a higher budget and performed better at the box office. Into the Spider-Verse, which had a budget of $90 million, earned over $384 million worldwide. The success of this film led to the development of the sequel, which had a higher budget to support its larger scale.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse had an impressive opening weekend, earning $120.5 million domestically and a worldwide total of $280.6 million. These numbers exceeded predictions and set records for Sony Pictures Animation, making it the highest-grossing opening weekend for the studio at the time. The film’s critical reception was also positive, with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite not reaching the box office numbers of live-action Spider-Man films like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Across the Spider-Verse’s profitability is impactful. The film’s profitability is calculated by considering its production budget, marketing costs, and the sharing of earnings with theaters. Even when assuming a higher budget of $200 million for Across the Spider-Verse, the film still returned almost a quarter billion dollars in profit. Comparing it to other animated films released in 2022 and 2023, Across the Spider-Verse outperformed Pixar’s Elemental and Lightyear, but fell short of The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s success sets a positive trajectory for the upcoming third film in the franchise, Beyond the Spider-Verse. With continued earnings expected from digital and physical home-media purchases, the film will continue to be a hit for Sony Pictures Animation. Overall, Across the Spider-Verse proved to be a commercial success, solidifying the franchise’s popularity among audiences and paving the way for future installments.