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411 Box Office Report: Spider-Man: Far From Home Dominates With $185 Million Six-Day Start

July 7, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Marvel made its return to the box office with Spider-Man: Far From Home this weekend, which dominated for a #1 start. The Marvel/Sony co-production opened to a $93.6 million three-day weekend for an easy win. That’s solid as it is, but keep in mind that Far From Home opened on Tuesday. Through the first six days, the movie has a fantastic $185.6 million, well above the $150 million tally most predicted. By comparison, Spider-Man: Homecoming earned $154.2 million in its first six days, and that film didn’t have the traditionally box office-depressed Fourth of July to deal with.

It’s a great start for a film that, admittedly, came in with a lot of advantages. Far From Home arrives in the post-Avengers: Endgame glow of the MCU, with many fans curious as to where Marvel will take the franchise after that film. It also comes amidst a string of big-budget disappointments, meaning that a crowd of movie-goers were looking for something new they could look forward to. And what they saw, they loved. Spider-Man is a hit with both critics and fans, with a 91% consensus on Rotten Tomatoes (on par with Homecoming’s 92%) and strong word of mouth at 90% positive per PostTrak.

All of this, of course, adds up to big numbers for the film, something it should capitalize on well next weekend without any blockbusters opening against it. The film is also off to a great start overseas, with $395 million in the past two weeks for a $580.1 million worldwide total. Far From Home should be able to ride its buzz all the way to at least $350 million domestic and perhaps higher. And with a lower budget than Homecoming at $160 million, it’s a huge money maker for the two studios.

Impressively, Spider-Man: Far From Hom didn’t hurt Toy Story 4 too badly. The Pixar fourquel nailed down an additional $34.3 million this weekend, off just 43% in its third frame. The film is now charting well ahead of the pace of all the previous Toy Stories, sitting at $306.6 million domestically and $650 million worldwide. The film remains on course for a high $300 million number and perhaps even crossing the $400 million mark. The budget was $$200 million.

Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired dramedy Yesterday had a good second weekend, bringing in $10.8 million. That’s down just 37%, which proves that the good word of mouth is paying off. The film now has $36.9 million domestically and $57 million worldwide against a budget of $26 million. Its domestic run looks to reach $65 million or perhaps higher, making this a profitable little film for Universal.

Annabelle Comes Home had a fairly good second weekend with $9.8 million, down 52% from last weekend’s start. The Conjuring universe film held on better than either of its predecessors, though it must be said that both those films had stronger opening weekends. Annabelle Comes Home has a total of $50.2 million domestically right now and $134.8 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. It’s obviously another hit for Warner Bros., with a likely $80 million final gross.

Aladdin remains Disney’s little engine that could, chalking up another $7.6 million which is down a mere 25%. The live-action remake of the animated classic now sits at $320.8 million domestically and $921.7 million worldwide. It is now looking likely to end its run at $350 million, obviously a blockbuster hit against its $183 million budget.

Coming in at #6 was Midsommar. The Ari Aster-directed horror film brought in $6.6 million for the weekend and $10.9 million since opening on Wednesday, just slightly above the $10 million expectations. Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary opened below that film’s numbers, but then it was always expected to.

Midsommar is in a solid place to earn profit for A24. The film only cost $10 million and while it has certainly proved divisive, that didn’t stop Hereditary from making a good bit of bank. Midsommar has good critical buzz and a better audience reaction than the other film at a C+ compared to Hereditary’s D+. Midsommar should be able to make it to $35 million in the US, with overseas numbers pulling it to profit.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 was down 35% in its fifth weekend, bringing in $4.8 million. The animated sequel is now sitting fine at $140.7 million domestically and $262.4 million worldwide. It’s not a huge hit, but it should eke out a profit with a likely $152 million final US gross. The budget was $80 million.

Men in Black: International slipped 46% in its fourth weekend for $3.6 million. The sci-fi action comedy has now grossed $72 million domestically and $244.5 million worldwide. It doesn’t look likely to be a profitable movie at this point against its $110 million budget. Its domestic total should be around $82 million.

Avengers: Endgame was down 49% in its eleventh weekend with $3.1 million, bringing its totals to $847.9 milliopn domestically and $2.772 billion. It is now just $15.5 million short of the worldwide box office record, and it will likely get very close to the number.

Rocketman closed out the top 10 with $2.8 million, down 30% in its sixth weekend. The Elton John musical biopic now has $89.2 million domestically and a great $173.9 million worldwide on a $40 million budget. Its US run should close out at around $95 million, and it’s a hit for Paramount.

Next weekend will see another easy #1 for Spider-Man. The new releases will be Batista and Kumail Nanjiani’s Stuber, aiming for $15 million to $17 million, and alligator attack thriller Crawl which should open in the low to mid-teens.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Spider-Man: Far from Home – $93.6 million ($185.1 million total)
2. Toy Story 4 – $34.3 million ($306.6 million total)
3. Yesterday – $10.8 million ($36.9 million total)
4. Annabelle Comes Home – $9.8 million ($50.2 million total)
5. Aladdin – $7.6 million ($305.9 million total)
6. Midsommar – $6.6 million ($10.9 million total)
7. Secret Life of Pets 2 – $4.8 million ($140.7 million total)
8. Men in Black: International – $3.6 million ($72 million total)
9. Avengers: Endgame – $3.1 million ($847.9 million total)
10. Rocketman – $2.8 million ($89.2 million total)