'Spider-Man' lands on top again at the box office, 'Toy Story 4' comes in second



LOS ANGELES, Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)- Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" continued to dominate the box office in its second weekend of release, adding 45.3 million dollars (a hair above analyst predictions of 35 to 45 million dollars and a small 51 per cent drop over last week) for a cumulative 274.5 million dollars, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.



Internationally, the film has earned 572.5 million dollars for a global cumulative of 847 million dollars.
"Far From Home" is the 23rd entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though the film and fellow MCU properties "Captain Marvel" and "Avengers: Endgame" helped to boost this year's overall box office, it remains down 8.7 per cent compared with this time last year.
In limited release, A24's "The Farewell" beat "Avengers: Endgame" for the year's best per-screen average. The Awkwafina-led comedy drama opened in four locations to 351,330 dollars for a huge per-screen average of 87,833, dollars, compared with the Marvel movie's 76,601-dollar opening average in April. "The Farewell" currently stands at 100 per cent "fresh" on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
In second place, Disney's "Toy Story 4" added 20.7 million dollars in its fourth weekend (at the low end of analyst projections of 20 to 25 million dollars) for a cumulative 346.4 million dollars. Globally, the film currently stands at 771.1 million dollars.
Paramount's horror film "Crawl" debuted in third place with 12 million dollars, outperforming analyst projections of 10 million dollars.
The 13-million-dollar film follows a father and daughter who are forced to ward off a relentless alligator attack after a Category 5 hurricane hits their Florida town. It was well-received by audiences and critics with a B CinemaScore and an 88 per cent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fox's buddy comedy "Stuber" opened at No. 4 with 8 million dollars, within range of analyst projections of 7 to 10 million dollars.
Following Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in March, "Stuber" is the studio's first R-rated title since 2013's "The Fifth Estate."
The film stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista as an Uber driver and Los Angeles police officer, respectively, who become entangled in a police sting. It earned a B CinemaScore and a 47 per cent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rounding out the top five, Universal's "Yesterday" added 6.7 million llars its third weekend for a cumulative $48.3 million.
At No. 6, Disney's "Aladdin" added 5.9 million dollars in its eighth weekend for a cumulative 331.5 million dollars.
In seventh place, Warner Bros.' "Annabelle Comes Home" earned 5.6 million dollars in its third weekend for a cumulative 60.8 million dollars.
At No. 8, A24's "Midsommar" added 3.5 million dollars in its second weekend (a small 46 per cent drop) for a cumulative 18.4 million dollars.
In ninth place, Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets 2" added 3.1 million dollarsin its sixth weekend for a cumulative 147.1 million.
Rounding out the top 10, Sony's "Men in Black: International" added 2.2 million dollars in its fifth weekend for a cumulative 76.5 million dollars.
In other limited releases, Bleecker Street opened the Jesse Eisenberg-fronted comedy "The Art of Self-Defense" in seven locations to 121,080 dollars for a per-screen average of 17,297 dollars.
IFC Films' comedy "Sword of Trust," starring Marc Maron, opened with 22,512 dollars across two locations for a per-screen average of 11,256 dollars.
Entertainment Studios' documentary "Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable" opened with 250,000 dollars across 205 locations for a per-screen average of 1,220 dollars.
Ahead of its North American debut next weekend, "The Lion King"opened with 54.7 million dollars in China, surpassing the openings of Disney's previous live-action reimaginings "The Jungle Book," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin."
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Monday, July 15th 2019
Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)
           


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