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World Box Office June 5 to 11, 2023

Who won the battle between Spider-People and the Maximals?

It was a close fight but Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ultimately won over Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. On their debut, the Cybertronians rose to the top with a three-day weekend haul of $60.5 million.

But the Spider-Man variants actually won over the Transformers Saturday, with a one-day take of $21.2 million.

However, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ruled overall on the strength of their $60.5 million weekend haul. That exceeded the box office analysts’ projections for the seventh installment in the Transformers live-action movie series.

Directed by Steven Caple Jr., Rise of the Beasts stars Anthony Ramos (Noah Diaz), Dominque Fishback (Elena Wallace), Luna Lauren Velez (Breanna Diaz) and Dean Scott Vazquez (Kris Diaz). As the prequel to 2007’s Transformers and a sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee, the new film is set in the 1990s when the Maximals, a new faction of Transformers, unite with the Autobots in the war for Earth.

While settling for second place with the arrival of the descendants of the Autobots, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse held very well.

The sequel, featuring Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld (coincidentally the star of Bumblebee), has grossed a domestic cume of $225.4 million, already surpassing the North American total ($190.2 million) of the original, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, after two weekends only.

The –54 percent weekend hold of Across the Spider-Verse, the acclaimed follow-up directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson, is considered impressive since recent Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe releases dropped –60 percent to –70 percent.

Meanwhile, The Little Mermaid slipped to third place with $22.7 million for a three-week cume of $228.8 million.

Fourth place went to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which earned $7 million and has now amassed a solid $335.4 million six-week tally in the United States and Canada.

Rob Savage’s The Boogeyman was not far behind with $6.9 million which cinched the fifth berth for the Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina and Vivien Lyra Blair horror mystery thriller.

Making up the rest of the top ten were, in order: Vin Diesel’s Fast X, $5.2 million; The Super Mario Bros. Movie, whose $2.12 million added to the blockbuster’s $570.1 million total after ten weeks; Robert De Niro and Sebastian Maniscalco’s comedy, About My Father, which snagged $845,000; and another comedy, Mark Hamill and Bert Kreischer’s The Machine, $575,000.

Worth noting is how Past Lives, Korean Canadian Celine Song’s acclaimed feature directing debut, cracked the top ten with $520,700. The indie romantic comedy triangle, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, features Greta Lee, Teo Yoo and John Magaro.

Overseas, Rise of the Beasts also opened strongly in more than 60 territories to the tune of $110 million. Combined with those figures from the North American bow, the film’s worldwide tally is $170.5 million.

China was the top market, contributing $40 million to the film’s international earnings. Other premium markets for the latest Transformers installment include Mexico, Indonesia, Peru and Korea.

Across the Spider-Verse, on the other hand, continued to spin its powerful web across the world. After selling another $47 million in offshore ticket sales in this frame, Spidey has chalked up $390 million worldwide, making the film’s $400 million milestone imminent.

It was also good news for other releases overseas: Fast X already hit the $500 million mark ($514.7 million, to be exact) and a global cume of $652.8 million; Guardians 3, now $806 million global; and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, $1.315 billion worldwide.

So who said there was franchise and superhero fatigue? All signs point to robust box office summer figures.

And next week brings the highly anticipated DC superhero film, The Flash. Will all the controversy surrounding the lead star, Ezra Miller, affect the film’s box office potential? Stay tuned.