Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This week, your friendly neighborhood record-breaker debuted over the July 4th holiday and the following weekend to great reviews and an even greater audience reception.
This Week’s Top Earner – ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
Sony and Marvel’s latest Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland technically opened last Tuesday, but its domestic run over the three-day weekend was plenty to secure the #1 spot with $93.6 million. Far From Home broke the six-day record for a Tuesday release, making $185 million in North America for a total of over $580 million worldwide (thanks in part to a strong debut in China).
Far From Home is one of the few sequels to perform well this summer, though it’s hard to fairly compare its opening weekend to other Spider-Man films at large. It had the fourth largest opening weekend for a Spider-Man solo film behind the original Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man 3, but that doesn’t take into account its Tuesday-Thursday box office. Plus, Far From Home had the widest release ever for a Spider-Man film at 4,632 theaters domestically, which is almost 1,000 theaters more than the first Spider-Man in 2002.
Regardless, Spider-Man: Far From Home has a clear path to becoming the next billion-dollar MCU movie, as it only has to make less than double its current total to reach this coveted benchmark. Spider-Man: Homecoming fell short just $120 million in 2017, even though it played for 21 weekends, so we’ll have to wait and see if Far From Home has at least eight legs.
Second Place – ‘Toy Story 4’
Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 managed to play well throughout the July 4th holiday and the film’s third weekend, making $34.3 million between Friday and Sunday. That’s only a 42.5% drop for the animated film, which is now the sixth highest grossing Pixar film domestically with $306.5 million. Worldwide, it’s the ninth highest grossing Pixar film with $649.9 million.
Toy Story 4 still has another two weeks on its own before The Lion King opens to challenge its status as the most popular family film in theaters, but it’s proven to be a good performer on weekdays in addition to weekends. The Pixar sequel has a good shot at surpassing Finding Nemo and Inside Out to become the fourth highest grossing Pixar film domestically, but it has a much steeper hill to climb against Toy Story 3, which made $415 million domestically over the course of 24 weeks in 2010.
And Third – ‘Yesterday’
Universal’s Yesterday proved to be effective counterprogramming for audiences uninterested in the latest Marvel or Disney film. The “what if the Beatles never existed” romantic comedy only fell 36.8% this past weekend with $10.7 million domestically. The July 4th holiday apparently carried its weight to $56.9 million worldwide, which is more than double its reported production budget. Yesterday won’t reach the box office mania of Bohemian Rhapsody or even the lower key of Rocketman, but it might just make a living eight days a week.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Bros) just couldn’t get audiences to do the same. The Conjuring spinoff sequel dropped two spots to #4 and dropped 51.9% in its second weekend, earning just $9.7 million domestically. It has to make another $34 million to catch up to the first Annabelle from 2014, not adjusting for inflation.
Aladdin (Disney) fell one spot to #5, making $7.6 million domestically after seven weekends at the box office. It’s now less than $80 million away from reaching a worldwide total of $1 billion. Disney is probably wishing for a sequel right about now.
Midsommar (A24) debuted at #6 with just $6.5 million domestically and $10.9 million total when including Tuesday-Thursday. Even when accounting for the holiday, Midsommar only made about half the domestic opening of Ari Aster’s Hereditary from last year. This is one of the worst opening weekends in 2019 for a film in this many theaters, so unless word of mouth picks up, the 2.5-hour horror film likely won’t break $20 million.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal/Illumination) dropped two spots to #7 in its fifth weekend, making just $4.7 million domestically in over 2,800 theaters. At $262.4 million worldwide, the sequel will apparently finish its run about $600 million lower than the previous Pets film from 2016.
Men in Black: International (Sony) dropped two spots to #8 in its fourth week, making just $3.6 million domestically. Avengers: Endgame (now with extra footage) fell two spots to #9 and is now just $15 million or so away from surpassing Avatar after 11 weeks at the box office.
And last we have Rocketman (Paramount), which fell one spot to #10 in its sixth week. Its worldwide total now stands at $173.8 million, enough to make it the fourth highest grossing musical biopic of all time.
And They’re Out
Only two films fell off the Top 10 to make way for the new wide releases. John Wick: Chapter 3 (Lionsgate) dropped just one spot to #11, winding down its eight-week run with an impressive $311 million worldwide.
Child’s Play (United Artists) fell four spots to #12 in just its third weekend, but it’s probably not a flop, depending on how much was spent on marketing. The film has a low reported production budget of $10 million, and it managed to sneak in about $26.7 million domestically in its brief theatrical window.
Check back with Atom Insider later this week as we preview all the new releases hitting theaters this Friday.