Newcomers Caught In Spidey’s Box Office Web

After a big July 4th session, the North America box office took a breather this weekend before Simba arrives on the scene. Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home remained the top flick in the country while newcomers Crawl and Stuber were both largely given the cold shoulder.

In its second weekend on 4,634 screens, Spider-Man: Far From Home captured an estimated $45.3 million. The new domestic total is a terrific $274.5 million after only two weeks.

The 51% decrease in ticket sales from last week’s debut is a sign that the word-of-mouth among opening week crowds has been strong. Should this continue, the $160 million Marvel Studios co-production could climb its way up to the $400 million mark.

Spidey’s box office good fortune is even stronger overseas, adding another $100 million in sales this weekend. After three weeks, Far From Home has pocketed a big $572.5 million. Top foreign markets for Home are China ($191 million), South Korea ($49 million), the United Kingdom ($28 million), Mexico ($24 million) and Australia ($20 million). With a global total of $847 million, Far From Home should smash through the billion-dollar mark by next weekend.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 continued to be a big draw in second place with an estimated $20.6 million from 4,210 screens. Off only 39% in its fourth weekend, Toy Story 4 has scored $346.3 million. Depending on how Buzz and Woody weather the arrival of The Lion King, Toy Story 4 has a good chance of reaching the $400 million milestone -possibly higher- by the end of its run. Internationally, Toy Story 4 has brought in $424.7 so far.

Snapping its way to a third place debut was Paramount’s low budget alligator thriller Crawl with $12 million from 3,170 theaters. The Sam Raimi-produced thriller wasn’t screened for critics in advance, but those that found a way to catch the Alexandre Aja ahead of time thought the R-rated flick was decent enough. Crawl chomped on an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 58/100 on Metacritic. Ticket buyers polled on CinemaScore gave the thriller a “B.”

The 2019 Fire Sale at Twentieth Century Fox continued this weekend via the dismal fourth place opening for its R-rated action comedy Stuber. The Dave Bautista/Kumail Nanjiani film opened on 3,050 screens Friday where it hailed an estimated $8 million. Stuber scored a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 43/100 on Metacritic and a “B” on CinemaScore, none of which signal a smooth box office ride ahead.

Rounding out the top five was Universal’s Yesterday with an estimated $6.75million from 2,755 theaters. Down only 33%, the Danny Boyle feature has brought in $48.3million and could finish its run between $65-70 million. Internationally, the musical comedy has brought in $32.2 million.

  1. Aladdin (2019) (Disney) $5.8 million (-22%); $331.5 million
  2. Annabelle Comes Home (Warner) $5.5 million (-41%); $60.7 million
  3. Midsommar (A24) $3.55 million (-46%); $18.4 million
  4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal) $3.1 million (-34%); $147 million
  5. Men In Black: International (Sony) $2.2 million (-41%); $76.4 million

The Lion King is the one and only wide release next weekend. With forecasts all over the place, I think we’ll just take the safe bet here and say that it will debut at number one with more money than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes.

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