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Spider-Man: Far From Home Repeats in First

Spider-Man: Far From Home

In what wasn’t a surprise, Sony‘s Spider-Man: Far From Home took first place again, repeating on last week’s performance. The film brought in an estimated $45.3 million which is a 51% drop from the previous week. Domestically the film has earned $274.5 million.

Internationally, Spider-Man: Far From Home added $100 million to bring that total to $572.5 million. When it comes to the international total, the film is in first place, beating Spider-Man 3‘s $554.3 million.

Globally the film has earned $847 million after 17 days. The movie is $33.2 million behind 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and $43.9 million behind 2007’s Spider-Man 3 for worldwide total.

In second place was Toy Story 4 which dropped 39% and earned an estimated $20.7 million. Domestically, the film has earned $36.4 million. Internationally, the film added $48.1 million for an overseas total that now stands at $424.7 million. Worldwide the film has earned $771.1 million. The film’s final key market is Germany where it opens August 15.

In third place was the new film Crawl. It fell just shy of estimates earning $12 million. The film played to an audience that was 51% male and 64% aged 25 or older. It received a “B” CinemaScore.

In fourth place was Stuber which opened with an estimated $8 million. The film received a “B” CinemaScore with an audience that was 56% male and 61% aged 25 or older.

Rounding out the top five was Yesterday with an estimated $6.8 million. That’s a drop of 33% in its third week. The film domestically has earned $48.3 million. Also, the film added $7.8 million internationally from 42 markets to bring that total to $32.2 million and a worldwide total of $80.5 million.

In other comic film stats…

Avengers: Endgame came in at #12 earning an estimated $1.7 million to bring its domestic total to $851.2 million. It seems like the film is struggling to take the worldwide all-time total despite the “re-release,” but has gotten closer and now stands less than $8 million away from that record.

Dark Phoenix continues to slide coming in at #25 the past weekend. The film added an estimated $189,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $65.1 million after six weeks.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive in to 2019’s comic film adaptations!

Spider-Man: Far From Home Opens with a Record $185 Million and Wins the Weekend Box Office

Spider-Man: Far From Home

There was no doubt Spider-Man: Far From Home would win the weekend box office. The film had the largest six-day opening ever for a Tuesday release with $185.1 million. The film helped the top 12 films outperform the same weekend last year, the first time in four weeks this has happened.

The film earned about $91 million in its first three days and then topped that over the weekend bringing in another $93.6 million. That’s the 22nd largest six-day performance of all-time. It also earned the largest Tuesday opened day ever and second widest opening ever with 4,634 locations.

Far from Home is outpacing Spider-Man: Homecoming for the six days by over $30 million. It shouldn’t be a surprise the movie is a hit as it earned an “A” CinemaScore from opening crowds and a high rating online. The opening weekend crowd was 60% male and 42% aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the film earned $244 million from 66 markets to bring its overseas total to $395 million so far. Already the movie has earned $580.1 million worldwide off of a $160 million budget.

In second place was Toy Story 4 for its third weekend. The film earned an estimated $34.4 million to bring its domestic total to $306.6 million. Internationally, the film earned over $43 million to bring that total to $343.4 million with a worldwide total of almost $650 million.

Yesterday dipped just 37% to come in third in its second weekend. The film earned an estimated $10.8 million to bring its domestic total to $36.8 million. It also added seven new international markets to bring that total to 35. There it earned nearly $8 million to bring the foreign box office total to over $20 million and a worldwide total of $57 million since opening.

Annabelle Comes Home came in fourth with an estimated $9.8 million. Domestically the film has earned $50.2 million after 12 days. Internationally, the film added over $20 million from 9 markets to bring its overseas total to nearly $85 million. Its worldwide total is $134.8 million so far off of a budget somewhere in the $27-32 million range.

Rounding out the top five was the live-action version f Aladdin which earned an estimated $7.6 million domestically after seven weeks. That total now stands at $320.8 million. Internationally, the film earned $16.2 million for a foreign box office total of $600.9 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $921.7 million so far.

Other comic films…

Avengers: Endgame dropped 49.3% to come in at #9. The movie added $3.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $847.9 million. The move to re-release the film with an extended scene gave the movie a boost but may not put it over the top of all-time worldwide box office leader of Avatar.

Dark Phoenix came in at #15 with an estimated $439,000 to bring its domestic total to $64.6 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019, and maybe 2018’s films based on comics.

Toy Story 4 Repeats for the Weekend

Toy Story 4

Without much as far as competition, Toy Story 4 easily took first place again at the weekend box office. The film dropped 52.1% in its second weekend bringing in an estimated $57.9 million. That drop was similar to the second weekend drop of Toy Story 2 which was 51.6% and worse than Toy Story 3 which dropped 46.2%. Those films went on to earn $245.9 million and $415 million domestically (not adjusted for inflation).

Domestically the film has earned $236.9 million. Internationally, the film has earned $259.6 million for a worldwide total of $496.5 million after two weeks. It’s already the fourth highest grossing domestic film of the year.

Annabelle Comes Home was second place with $20.4 million falling very short of the studios’ estimate of $30 million. The third film in the Annabelle series, those films opened with $37 and $35 million. The film did open on Wednesday with a Tuesday preview so all together the film earned $31.2 million for its run so far. The movie has also earned $45 million internationally so far for a worldwide total of $76.2 million.

In third place was Yesterday which earned an estimated $17 million from a $26 million budget. The film overperformed a bit with most thinking it’d earn between $11-14 million. For a summer whose story seems to be movies underperforming, this is a welcome surprise. The $17 million is on the higher side of expectations some projected. The film also has also earned $7.7 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $24.7 million.

Aladdin came in fourth place with $9.3 million to bring its domestic total to $305.9 million. That was right in line with predictions. Add in its $568.3 million at the foreign box office, the film has earned $874.2 million worldwide off of its $183 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was The Secret Life of Pets 2 which earned an estimated $7.1 million. Its domestic total now stands at $131.2 million. That total is higher than the $6 million predicted. Internationally, the film has earned $91.8 million for a worldwide total of $223 million off of an $80 million budget.

In comic movie news…

Avengers: Endgame got a boost expanding into 2,025 locations, an increase of 1,040. The film added an introduction from director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene, and a sneak peek of Spider-Man: Far From Home. estimates had the film earning $2.5 million. It exceeded that, earning an estimated $5.5 million. That’s an increase of 178.5% from the previous week.

Domestically, the film has earned $841.3 million. Internationally, the film stands at $1.920 billion for a worldwide total of $2.761 billion. The “rerelease” is a ploy to topple Avatar as the top grossing film of all time (though it still wouldn’t be when you take into account inflation). The move has closed the gap though and stands now just $26.7 million away from becoming the “top grossing” film worldwide.

Dark Phoenix continues its slide coming in at #13. The film added $1.7 million to its domestic total bringing that to $63.6 million after four weeks.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations at the box office (and any changes to last year’s).

Movie Review: Yesterday

Yesterday

At first glance, Yesterday might seem like a fresh, almost subversive take on updating the classic catalog of The Beatles. By taking the music of four working-class lads from Liverpool and putting it in the mouth of a working class son of Indian immigrants in Sheffield (and not making any mention of his ethnicity whatsoever), director Danny Boyle could be making a strong case for inclusion and racial equity. But on second glance the film is mostly just a basic romantic comedy (albeit one with a great soundtrack) and one which sort of falls apart in its third act.

But the journey, not the destination, is what is fun here. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) has never made it in music and is ready to give up when a worldwide simultaneous blackout leads to him being hit by a truck (set to the orchestral hit from “A Day in the Life”). And when he wakes up, no one remembers The Beatles except for him. As he begins performing their music, fame and fortune begin to find him, even as it pulls him apart from a potential romantic connection with his best friend since grade school/manager Ellie (Lily James). Along the way, Jack is mentored by Ed Sheeran (as himself) and an incredibly abrasive record executive played to the hilt by Kate McKinnon. And while Patel and James’s will they/won’t they rom com vibe is what holds the movie together, it’s McKinnon’s scene-stealing that is the real reason to see this movie.

But the rom-com skeleton wears somewhat thin, so the real determining factor in how much you will enjoy this film is how much you like the basic conceit of re-exploring the music of The Beatles through the lens of Jack covering their greatest hits. Yes, it’s good, though a few performances wear a little thin. An almost screaming version of “Help” owes almost as much to the vocal stylings of Kurt Cobain as John Lennon, but an extremely tender and stripped down “The Long and Winding Road” will floor you almost as much as it does Ed Sheeran.

The film also contains performances of Yesterday, In My Life, Something, Carry That Weight, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Elanor Rigby, Here Comes the Sun, Back in the USSR, Hey Jude, I Saw Her Standing There, and All You Need is Love, while at least name-checking a half dozen other songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. It’s nice, but at least for this fan, felt like a very cursory look at the most basic of The Beatles. Pulling out some deep cuts, and focusing less on the Lennon/McCartney songs would have been nice. Would it have killed them to include a Ringo song in there? “With a Little Help From My Friends” is right. there.

But that’s where this ode to the Beatles sort of breaks down. Since it focuses all on Jack as this genius solo artist, it belies what The Beatles were really all about, which was four incredibly talented people working together. George and Ringo were just as important as John and Paul in the alchemy that was their songwriting and performing. And this film and its performances lose all the depth in that signature Beatle harmony, and the call and response sections of songs like With a Little Help From My Friends. Missing those harmonies is another reason why the version of “Help” in the film is so unsatisfying.

In another film that very much drew inspiration from The Beatles, 2001’s I am Sam starring Sean Penn, there’s a line about what was special about The Beatles was when Paul McCartney wrote the first part of the song “Michelle” and then John Lennon wrote the “I love you, I love you, I love you” part, that was the essence of what The Beatles were about. Yesterday misses that dynamic completely.

And then the film ends in a completely whiffed third act that couldn’t be more by the numbers if it tried. And for a film so full of vibrancy and fun, the end leaves you feeling a little cold and unsatisfied.

As a rom-com, it’s a B-minus. As a celebration and nostalgic take on the music of the most influential music group of the 20th century, it’s an A. How much you enjoy this film will likely depend largely on how much you like The Beatles. But since many people do like them, that’s not a bad bet.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Spider-Man: Far From Home is this Summer’s Most Anticipated Film

Fandango has revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Summer Movies Survey, in which Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home (the first Marvel Cinematic Universe entry since the game-changing Avengers: Endgame) was voted the most anticipated blockbuster of the summer.

The poll included more than 2,000 fans on Fandango who were asked to vote for movies they planned to see on the big screen between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Moviegoers named Disney’s The Lion King and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 as the most anticipated family films, with Disney’s Aladdin, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold following closely behind.

Fans voted for Chris Hemsworth (Men in Black: International), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far from Home), plus Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Sophie Turner (Dark Phoenix) and Tessa Thompson (Men in Black: International) as the most anticipated actors in summer movies. Richard Madden (Rocketman) and Naomi Scott (Aladdin) were selected as the hottest rising stars in the movies, while Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw bad guy Idris Elba was picked as top summer movie villain.

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top picks for the summer:

Most Anticipated Summer Blockbuster:

  1. “Spider-Man: Far from Home
  2. “Rocketman”
  3. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
  4. “Dark Phoenix”
  5.  “The Lion King”
  6. “Toy Story 4”
  7. “Men in Black: International”
  8. “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
  9. “Aladdin”
  10. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Most Anticipated Family Film:

  1. “The Lion King”
  2. “Toy Story 4”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”
  5. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

Most Anticipated Live-Action Comedy:

  1. “Booksmart”
  2. “Yesterday”
  3. “Late Night”
  4. “Good Boys”
  5. “Stuber”

Most Anticipated Movie Musical:

  1. “Rocketman”
  2. “The Lion King”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “Yesterday”
  5. “Blinded by the Light”

Most Anticipated Actress:

  1. Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)
  2. Sophie Turner (“Dark Phoenix”)
  3. Tessa Thompson (“Men in Black: International”)
  4. Margot Robbie (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  5. Jessica Chastain (“Dark Phoenix”)

Most Anticipated Actor:

  1. Chris Hemsworth (“Men in Black: International”)
  2. Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  3. Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)
  4. Dwayne Johnson (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)

Most Anticipated Male Rising Star:

  1. Richard Madden (“Rocketman”)
  2. O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)
  3. Mena Massoud (“Aladdin”)
  4. Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”)
  5. Mason Gooding (“Booksmart”)

Most Anticipated Female Rising Star:

  1. Naomi Scott (“Aladdin”)
  2. Millie Bobby Brown (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)
  3. Alexandra Shipp (“Shaft,” “Dark Phoenix”)
  4. Vanessa Kirby (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  5. Billie Lourd (“Booksmart”)

Most Anticipated Voiceover Performance:

  1. Tom Hanks (as Woody in “Toy Story 4”)
  2. Harrison Ford (as Rooster in “The Secret Life of Pets 2”)
  3. Donald Glover (as Simba in “The Lion King”)
  4. Alan Tudyk (as Iago in “Aladdin”)
  5. Mark Hamill (as Chucky in “Child’s Play”)

Most Anticipated Villain:

  1. Idris Elba (as Brixton in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  2. Jessica Chastain (in “Dark Phoenix”)
  3. Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Scar in “The Lion King”)
  4. Octavia Spencer (as Sue Ann in “Ma”)
  5. Mark Hamill (as Chucky in “Child’s Play”)