Box Office Report: Gatorsplaining
In the quiet week before Disney comes to once again devour us all with hyper-realistic CGI lions, the box office took a bit of a breather. Spider-Man: Far From Home held onto the top spot for a second week and brought in an extra $45.3 million this weekend. That brings its domestic gross to over $274.5 million and its international total is close to $850 million. It’s already the fourth highest grossing movie of 2019, a solid $70 million above Toy Story 4 (worldwide gross: $771,069,574). And yes, Sony is Spidey’s dad, not Disney, but come on, it’s Marvel and it’s still kind of terrifying that 50% of the box office top ten this year so far is occupied by the House of Mouse.
Debuting at number three is Crawl, which made a solid $4 million more than its nearest competition, Stuber. So for those of you wondering what would capture the American public’s imagination more in the battle between killer alligators and Uber based comedy, the joke’s on you if you put your money down on the latter.
In the indie world, A24 continue to do their thing. Midsommar saw a 46% drop from the previous week, but that’s not too bad given its R rating, the competition, and the whole Pagan sacrifice thing. Don’t expect it to be a Hereditary size hit but honestly, it’s a miracle that movie was even a hit to begin with. Don’t write this off as a failure because Ari Aster being an accidental commercial smash on his debut movie was never going to be something he could replicate, especially with a Summer release in a blockbuster world. Their newest release, The Farewell, debuted in four locations with an estimated $351,330, which is the best opening weekend theatre average of 2019 so far. Here’s hoping it can continue as the movie begins to expand into the wider market in coming weeks.
The Indian movie Super 30 made over $923k from 317 locations, while the documentary Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable took in $250k from 205 locations. Other indie releases include I Got the Hook Up 2 ($143k), The Art of Self-Defense ($121k from 7 theatres), and Sword of Trust ($22,512 from 2 locations).
This coming week sees the release of The Lion King. Wonder how that one will do…
Check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
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