'Spider-Man: Far From Home' follows Marvel tradition with No. 1 debut



LOS ANGELES, Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)- After two weeks of dominance, Disney's "Toy Story 4" was knocked from the top spot at the weekend box office by Sony and Marvel's "Spider-Man: Far From Home."
The third Marvel Cinematic Universe release of the year, "Far From Home" opened with 39.3 million dollarson Tuesday before earning 93.6 million dollars Friday through Sunday for a cumulative 185.1 million dollars through the weekend, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore, well above analyst predictions of 125 million dollars.



Internationally, it's earned 395 million dollars since opening June 28, for a global cumulative of 580 million dollars.
The result is a rare win in what has so far been a summer dominated by franchise fatigue. While movies such as "Men in Black: International," "Dark Phoenix" and "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" have disappointed both critically and commercially, Marvel's films have consistently performed well, with "Avengers: Endgame" continuing to do business after 11 weeks in theaters.
"Far From Home" follows this year's Marvel blockbusters "Captain Marvel" and "Endgame," picking up the MCU narrative where the latter left off.
The second solo Spider-Man outing starring Tom Holland as the web-slinger cost an estimated 160 million dollars to produce and introduces Jake Gyllenhaal as new character Mysterio. It earned positive reviews from critics, with a 92 per cent "fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
The previous entry in the franchise, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," opened with 117 million dollars in 2017 before going on to gross 880 million dollars in global receipts.
In second place, "Toy Story 4" added 34.3 million dollars in its third weekend for a cumulative 306.6 million dollars. Internationally, the picture earned 43.1 million dollars for a worldwide cumulative of 650 million dollars.
Universal's "Yesterday" came in at No. 3, adding 10.8 million dollars in its second weekend for a cumulative 36.9 million dollars. It currently stands at 57 million dollars in global grosses.
In fourth place, Warner Bros.' "Annabelle Comes Home" added 9.8 million dollars in its second weekend for a cumulative 50.2 million dollars and 134.8 million dollars worldwide.
Rounding out the top five, Disney's "Aladdin" added 7.6 million dollars in its seventh weekend for a cumulative 320.8 million dollars and 921 million dollars globally.
Also new this weekend, A24's "Midsommar" earned 6.5 million dollars over the weekend after its Wednesday opening for a cumulative 10.9 million dollars, within range of analyst projections of 8 million dollars to 10 million dollars.
Directed by indie horror filmmaker Ari Aster, the movie follows a young couple who find themselves on a pastoral Swedish retreat that grows increasingly more sinister. The psychological thriller earned an 82 per cent "fresh" rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes but a lackluster C-plus CinemaScore.
Aster's directorial debut, "Hereditary," opened with 13.6 million dollars in June 2018 before earning 79.3 million dollars in global grosses. The film was a critical and commercial hit, and it remains the highest-opening picture for A24.
In seventh place, Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets 2" added 4.8 million dollars in its fifth weekend for a cumulative 140.7 million dollars.
At No. 8, Sony's "Men in Black: International" added 3.6 million dollars in its fourth weekend for a cumulative 72 million dollars.
In ninth place, Disney's "Avengers: Endgame" added 3.1 million dollars in its 11th weekend for a cumulative 847.9 million dollars.
Rounding out the top 10, Paramount's "Rocketman" added 2.8 million dollars in its sixth weekend for a cumulative 89.2 million dollars.
"Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love," Nick Broomfield's documentary on singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and muse Marianne Ihlen, led the specialty openings with a per-screen average of 11,078 dollars. The Roadside Attractions release brought in 44,311 dollars on four screens in New York and Los Angeles.
Also in limited release, Sony Pictures Classics' "Maiden" expanded into 18 additional locations for a total of 24, earning 147,467 dollars in its third weekend, for a cumulative 224,216 dollars.
Neon expanded "Wild Rose" in its third weekend to 63 locations from 16, earning 209,000 dollars and a cumulative 380,770 dollars.
Greenwich Entertainment's "Echo in the Canyon" expanded into 144 locations to 336,132 dollars for a cumulative 2 million dollars.
CBS Films expanded the documentary "Pavarotti" into 250 theaters in its fifth weekend to 470,000 dollars for a cumulative 3 million dollars.
A24's "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" is playing in 188 locations (up from 155 last week) and added 332,899 dollarsfor a cumulative 2.7 million dollars.
ArtAffects Entertainment's "The Other Side of Heaven 2" added 177,975 dollars in its second weekend for a cumulative 966,425 dollars.
This week, Paramount releases the horror film "Crawl," and Fox opens the action comedy "Stuber." In limited release, A24 reveals the comedy drama "The Farewell" starring Awkwafina, and Bleecker Street unveils the Jesse Eisenberg comedy "The Art of Self Defense."
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Tuesday, July 9th 2019
Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)
           


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