‘Spider-Verse’ and ‘Transformers: ROTB’ Are Giving Theaters the Box Office Consistency They Need

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Summer 2023 may be a season that yields higher ticket sales from week to week without a single film grossing $1 billion globally

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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So far this summer, the box office hasn’t seen an opening weekend on the level of 2022 hits like “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” or “Jurassic World: Dominion.” But it’s still keeping pace with last summer’s grosses thanks to a larger number of films providing more consistent numbers.

That could be seen this weekend when Paramount’s “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” opened to $60.5 million, closely followed on the charts by “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” which earned a $55.4 million second weekend.

Combined, the two films pushed overall totals for the weekend to an estimated $163.5