It was a weekend of milestones, as ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ webbed up over $500 million worldwide in ten days, including China, Hong Kong, and Japan where the picture opened early. In the US, it made $185M over six days, making it Sony’s biggest opening over that span of days, besting the old-school ‘Spider-Man 2’ which opened over the July 4th holiday back in 2004. It opened on Tuesday the 2nd to get ahead of the holiday because usually, audiences don’t head to the multiplex on Independence Day, but that wasn’t true this year. ‘Far From Home’ made $25.1M on Thursday, the second best 4th of July at the box office behind the first ‘Transformers’. Subtracting out Tuesday through Thursday, ‘Far From Home’ made $93.6M for the weekend. It generated an additional $23M overseas and since it opened, it has accrued a total of $508M, over half a billion, so it’s likely to cross the $1 billion mark during its theatrical run.
Everyone loves it. ‘Far From Home’ ranks at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave it an A CinemaScore, with those under 35 giving it an A+.
Globally it took a hit from the release of China’s ‘The White Storm 2: Drug Lords’ which took the #1 spot in that country for the weekend, and the Copa America which decreased audiences in Latin American nations. In the US, it is not believed that the earthquakes in California made a noticeable impact on ‘Far From Home’s box office.
At #5, ‘Aladdin’ made an additional $7.6M, bringing its global total to $921.7M, just shy of the $1B mark, and that total is definitely a possibility.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony) – $93.6M
- Toy Story 4 (Disney) – $34.3M
- Yesterday (Universal/Working Title) – $10.8M
- Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Brothers) – $9.75M
- Aladdin (Disney) – $7.6M
Low-budget thriller ‘Midsommar’ came in at #6 with $6.5M over three days and $10.9M since Wednesday. It is only doing well in big cities like New York and LA. It was marketed as a horror movie, which it really isn’t, so those that turned out to see it are leaving displeased, with it scoring a C+ CinemaScore. Critics like it, though, with it sitting at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is the follow-up to director Ari Aster’s ‘Hereditary’, which was also divisive between critics (89% on RT) and audiences (D+ CinemaScore).
Other studios are giving ‘Spider-Man’ space, so the only movies opening next weekend are the comedy ‘Stuber’ starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, and cheesy horror movie ‘Crawl’. In other words, ‘Far From Home’ will be #1 again. The following weekend will belong to Disney’s live-action (not really) ‘The Lion King’.
Check back to see how things work out.