Box Office Wrap Up: Spider-Man at Home in 1st Place.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back on top with a record setting Tuesday performance.
The box office got started early last week, which definitely helped to shake the summer slump. Spider-Man Far from Home swung into theaters on Tuesday, delivering a record setting early premier on its way to the top spot. Midsommar followed suit by dropping a day early on Wednesday and was rewarded with the largest debut for an indie film in 2019. Both films teamed up to lift the box office after a solid month of poorly performing sequels. Overall, there were less fireworks this fourth of July than in previous years, but the success of Spidey’s sequel is welcome relief.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office climbed 26% compared to last week, but was still off 2% from last year. The six day earning period helped to goose the totals just north of 180 million dollars. This tally is the 5th best score for the frame over a decade…so we’re sitting in the middle here. Summer 2019 is pacing just 3% behind last year, though expanding to include the whole year-to-date gives us a figure of 8% behind 2018.
As far as records go, Spider-Man Far from Home set the all-time record for biggest Tuesday release with just under 40 million dollars. It just barely missed unseating Transformers Dark of the Moon as the biggest Fourth of July premier. It doesn’t hurt that Spidey also had the second widest release of all time, showing on just 28 less screens than Avengers Endgame.
Top Film Last Year: Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Top Film Last Decade: Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen.
Top Three Films.
Spider-Man Far from Home wore the crown this weekend. Due to the extended week, it took in 93 million dollars as an official weekend tally, but actually walked out of theaters on Sunday with 185 million dollars. That combines with an earlier international release to give a grand total of 580 million dollars world-wide. It’s the fourth biggest opening for the wall crawler on Sony’s watch. The spread of six days makes the total a bit less impressive, as the original Homecoming managed to snag 117 million dollars on opening weekend…but it also only made 163 million in its first week compared to Far from Home’s 185. Apples to oranges comparisons abound on holiday weekends.
Toy Story 4 stuck to its guns in second place. The Pixar flick threw another 34 million dollars into the domestic toy chest, bringing its US totals to over 300 million dollars. It’s global take is sitting at just a shade under 650 million dollars. It’s the sixth biggest Pixar film so far, and the second biggest Toy Story. Prospects are good for it to overtake Toy Story 3, which would make it Pixar’s #3 earner.
Yesterday charted at the third spot, dropping a slight 36% from last week’s debut. The musical comedy has shown global appeal, taking in 36 million in the US and another 20 million abroad.
Midsommar opened in sixth place. Ari Aster‘s sophomore effort put up a solid 10 million dollars over the holiday frame, though just 6.5 of it counted towards its ranking. This premier was a bit more muted than Aster’s first film, Hereditary, but that film featured more star power recognition with Toni Collette in the lead. Hereditary also premiered a month earlier, where summer competition was not quite so stiff.
Top Ten Films.
1. Spider-Man: Far from Home (93.6)
2. Toy Story 4 (34.3)
3. Yesterday (10.7)
4. Annabelle Comes Home (9.7)
5. Aladdin (7.6)
6. Midsommar (6.5)
7. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (4.7)
8. Men in Black International (3.6)
9. Avengers Endgame (3.1)
10. Rocketman (2.7)