Weekend Box Office (July 5 - 7, 2019)
THIS WEEKEND Peter Parker took his usual position atop the box office as Sony's super hero sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home opened at number one with an estimated $93.6M over the Friday-to-Sunday frame and a stellar $185.1M total over six days since its launch on Tuesday. The Independence Day holiday on Thursday allowed for an extended play period and the mid-week launch took advantage of the available audience.
Far From Home is the fourth Spider-Man movie to open in the early July time period following Spider-Man 2 in 2004, The Amazing Spider-Man reboot in 2012, and the Spider-Man: Homecoming reboot in 2017 which opened a few days after the Fourth of July.
This new installment is a key box office player as it follows the epic juggernaut Avengers: Endgame as the final installment of the current MCU phase. The next two MCU films already have their release dates for May and November of next year, and their official titles will be announced soon.
FFH is released by Sony and this weekend averaged a strong $20,199 from 4,634 locations which is terrific, especially since the upfront fan base did their spending mid-week. Reviews have been very positive and fans have also been extremely happy with the PG-13 adventure. The road ahead looks promising during the summer weeks as the latest Spidey aims to fly past the $200M and $300M marks. The 23 films in the MCU have now grossed a combined $8.3 billion at the domestic box office over the past 11 years.
Far From Home opened in most of the world this weekend and along with a few early debuts last week like in China, its overseas total has risen to a stunning $395M for a global gross to date of $580M. China leads with $167.4M in ten days and Korea opened to $33.8M over six days. The Mysterio flick hopes to become 2019's next billion dollar blockbuster.
Two-time champ Toy Story 4 stepped back into second place but still rocked the global box office. The Pixar hit dropped 43% to an estimated $34.3M domestically lifting the cume to a sturdy $306.6M becoming the sixth film from the animation studio to cross the triple-century mark. Overseas business rose to $343.4M pushing the global tally to a healthy $650M on its way to north of $800M and possibly even surpassing $900M with Japan and Germany still to open.
Danny Boyle's new film Yesterday held steady in the number three spot in its second weekend dipping only 37% to an estimated $10.8M putting Universal at a solid $36.9M after ten days.
Horror pic Annabelle Comes Home followed with an estimated $9.8M falling 52% in its sophomore frame. Warner Bros. has taken in $50.2M over 12 days which is solid for a low-budget thriller, but still below the levels of the previous Annabelle films at the same point. Global on Home is now $134.8M.
The acclaimed horror movie Midsommar got a very wide release with A24 going out in 2,707 locations and the opening weekend delivered an estimated $6.6M for a mild $2,424 average. The R-rated thriller opened mid-week starting with Tuesday night pre-shows and banked $10.9M total through Sunday with many moviegoers coming out upfront. But critics and audiences were split on their thoughts on this one. Reviews were very strong, but paying ticket buyers were mixed on it with shaky audience scores and a C+ grade from CinemaScore which is decent but not great for a fright flick.
Continuing to hold well this summer and flying past more milestones was Disney's latest live-action remake Aladdin which grossed an estimated $7.6M slipping just 25% in its seventh frame. The domestic cume has joined the triple century club at $320.8M while the global tally, with a stellar $600.9M from international markets, has surged past the $900M mark at $921.7M. The Agrabah tale looks to surpass the $967M final of Jungle Book soon and might become a billion dollar player.
Toon sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2 took in an estimated $4.8M, down 35%, for a new total of $140.7M for Universal. Global stands at $262.5M. Declining 46% was Men in Black: International with an estimated $3.6M giving Sony $72M to date.
Avengers: Endgame with its added footage still attracted fans grossing an estimated $3.1M, down 49%. Disney and Marvel are now at $847.9M domestic, $1.9246 billion overseas, and $2.7725 billion worldwide just $15.5M shy of Avatar's all-time record.
The Elton John pic Rocketman rounded out the top ten with an estimated $2.8M, down 30%, for a cume of $89.2M. Paramount has collected $173.9M worldwide.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $176.8M which was dead even with last year when Ant-Man and the Wasp opened at number one with $75.8M; but down 11% from 2017 when Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted on top with $117M.
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This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: July 7, 2019 at 12:20PM ET
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