‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Sometimes raw figures don’t tell the full story. Case in point: This weekend, grosses dropped nearly 60 percent, or about $160 million, below the same results for the same three-day weekend, even more from the year before. Does this mean the end of the year has become a disaster?

Well, no. Why? Because most years see the release of top holiday films delayed closer to December 25 — the better to maximize impact and not worry about peaking too early. And this year saw no “Star Wars” title released.

By other comparisons, the results — which include decent or better initial takes for two new films (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule”) and an ongoing impressive showing for “The Grinch” — portend an excellent end-of-year result.

Still, the absence of Luke Skywalker and company from this year’s lineup could mean year-end box office will stay close to the norm this decade. How “Mary
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