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“Spider-Man” Holds Steady Against Soft Competition; “Endgame” Cuts Record Difference to Single Digits

Disney has been on quite the hot streak lately with two sequels dominating the box office in recent weeks, “Toy Story 4” which comes from the studio’s Pixar banner and “Spider-Man: Far from Home” which hails from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After strong 4th of July showings both of these sequels, which held the top two spots last weekend and have served as consecutive two-week number ones for Disney, are creating a log jam at the top of the chart. This past weekend they were faced with challenges from yet another Disney offering, this time an R-rated feature called “Stuber” from Fox, and a Paramount challenger in the form of “Crawl”. Meanwhile another Disney offering, “Avengers: Endgame”, is making waves once again as it continues to inch ever closer to the seemingly unreachable global box office crown held by Fox’s “Avatar”. From that battle to the challenge from newcomers and the impending impact of “The Lion King” next weekend, there’s a lot to cover so let’s get to it. This is the Box Office Breakdown for the second weekend of July 2019.

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As expected, Marvel remained on top with “Spider-Man: Far from Home” holding strong and seemingly breaking the sequel slump of the summer of 2019. “Far from Home” had an easy second-weekend victory earning $45.3 million domestically and another $100 million overseas to bring its global number to a little under $850 million. The domestic numbers are just a tad above “Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” second weekend this time in 2017. “Far from Home” fared much better overseas in its second weekend however as its predecessor earned only $33.3 million in its sophomore run internationally. So overall “Far from Home” is proving to be an upgrade over the original MCU film. Disney dominated the top two spots at the box office for a second straight weekend. It’s the second time in 2019 that the studio has owned both top spots after “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel” were the most profitable films of the April 26th weekend. “Toy Story 4” earned $20.6 million domestically in its fourth weekend in theaters making it the fifth largest Pixar release in the United States. It also added $48.1 million overseas with its global tally nearing $771 million. One of its debut markets over the weekend was Japan where it became the highest grossing Disney Animation or Pixar opening ever for the country.

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The weekend’s two new additions failed to make a significant dent. Paramount’s alligator-themed horror thriller “Crawl” debuted at around $12 million, right about within expectations, benefitting from rave reviews that called it one of the best horror movies of the year. I wasn’t quite as generous but still enjoyed it. You can read my review here if you’d like to see if you agree. “Crawl” also earned $4.8 million overseas but has yet to release in several countries. It is expected to expand to more territories next weekend. Behind “Crawl” in fourth is yet another Disney property, this time from the studio’s recently acquired Fox banner. “Stuber” serves as the first R-rated Disney feature release since 2013’s “The Fifth Estate” and if the studio was feeling out the potential for further adult-themed comedies “Stuber” may not be the best example of that potential. Suffering from middling reviews, “Stuber” earned only $8 million domestically and around $3 million overseas. You can read my review of the action comedy here. Rounding out the top five was “Yesterday” which fell from third last week and still shows plenty of staying power. It added $6.75 million at the domestic box office and another $7.8 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to $80.5 million. Not bad for a film that cost $26 million to make.

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Looking at the rest of the top ten, Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake falls out of the top five for the first time ending the weekend in sixth. Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s “Annabelle Comes Home” falls out of the top five as well to seventh although there is some interesting news out of the studio in the last week that the werewolf featured in the film may be the next Conjuring Universe spinoff. “Midsommar” showed some interesting staying power potential falling only two spots to eighth. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” fell a few spots to ninth-place while “Men in Black International” rounded out the top ten. The Elton John biopic “Rocket Man” exits the top ten in eleventh. Also falling out of the top ten is “Avengers: Endgame” which settled for an eleventh-place finish two weeks after rereleasing with new bonus material in a bid to defeat “Avatar” for the global box office crown. While it’s still anyone’s guess how close it will actually get to that goal, the number is now down to single digits. “Endgame” now sits just $7.16 million behind “Avatar” for the all-time record after collecting another $2.8 million at the global box office over the weekend. It’s tantalizing to say that “Avatar’s” days are numbered, but so are “Endgame’s” days on the big screen with a home media release slated for next month. The $7.16 million may sound like a small number, but this late in the run every week is going to make it tougher and tougher to earn support from viewers to experience the three-hour epic again. We’ll keep an eye on it in the weeks to come.

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The undeniable winner next weekend will be yet ANOTHER Disney feature, “The Lion King”. The live-action adaptation of one of Disney’s most beloved animated films and one of the most respected animated products in cinema history will likely give the studio ownership of the top three spots at the box office with “Far from Home” and “Toy Story 4” continuing to hold strong. I went all the way back through 2014 to try and find the last time a studio held the top three positions with separate properties, and I couldn’t find one case. I have not found out if this is a feat that has ever been accomplished by a single studio before, but let this sink in. “The Lion King” has very little competition with no new wide releases challenging the remake. With Fox’s “Stuber” in the top five and “Aladdin” right outside the top five, we have a situation where Disney films could make up at least four of the top five and possibly five of the top six movies on the chart next weekend. We’ll see how it all shakes out this time next week.

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