As expected, ‘Toy Story 4’ remained at #1 for a second weekend. But with only earning $58 million, it is trailing behind the performance of previous smashes, ‘Incredibles 2’ ($80.3M), ‘Finding Dory’ ($73M), and even ‘Toy Story 3’ ($59.3M), which many are attributing to an overall slump that has been plaguing the box office for roughly a month. Despite the film getting great reviews and viewer reactions, it seems that some aren’t rushing out to see this because ‘Toy Story 3’ wrapped up the story so well.
For some reason, ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ opened on Wednesday with previews on Tuesday. Though the film will have earned $31.2M over five days, its weekend total was only $20.3M. This looks like another case of sequilitis as ‘The Nun’ opened in September (and had the highest opening ever for the ‘Conjuring’ series) and ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ in April. ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ currently looks as though it will be the lowest-grossing of these three. It’s possible that New Line is over-extending this brand. Then again, last week’s #2 movie was ‘Child’s Play’. Maybe there are just too many scary doll movies out at the moment, and that kind of includes ‘Toy Story 4’. ‘Annabelle’ did well enough to take second place, though.
Audiences seem bored, with them only giving ‘Annabelle’ 2½ stars out of five via PostTrak.
They were much more receptive to the musical fantasy ‘Yesterday’, giving it 4½ stars. The picture made $17M, taking third place.
‘Aladdin’ keeps chugging along at 4th, and ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ rounds out the Top Five.
- Toy Story 4 (Disney) – $58M
- Annabelle Comes Home (New Line/Warner Brothers) – $20.3M
- Yesterday (Universal/Working Title) – $17M
- Aladdin (Disney) – $9.2M
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Illumination/Universal) – $6.6M
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ opens on Tuesday to get ahead of the 4th of July holiday. It opened even earlier in China, where an embargo on foreign movies goes into effect in July. Its weekend performance is reportedly around $90M; higher than either ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Captain Marvel’. It is expected to make over half-a-billion worldwide by the end of next weekend.
Check back to see if Spidey can soar that high next week!