Marvel wins. Marvel always wins. Marvel is the biggest thing to ever happen to the movies. The most dominant single IP holder we’ve ever seen at the movies.
And, though it does seem as if people are finally (hopefully) cooling on super hero movies, Spider-Man: Far from Home took the No. 1 spot at an already-crowded summer box office with another $45 million in sales, bringing the film’s 10-day U.S. sales total to just under $275 million.
Add in foreign market returns and Spider-Man: Far from Home has already brought in about $850 million worldwide.
The film, if you somehow don’t already know, stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, and most notably, Jake Gyllenhaal in a performance that is getting a whole lot of attention.
If you’re a regular ScreenTime reader then you know that I’m not really a fan of superhero movies. I like them here and there (Unbreakable, Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight, and maybe like 12 others), but I’ve seen the irreversibly negative effect that they’ve had on the film industry and choose not to support them.
But hey, this new Spider-Man movie is supposed to be really good. I’ve read that it’s something of a teen vacation film with Spidey themes woven in. That sounds very fun. And I love the cast. So yeah, I’ll probably see this one eventually. (End rant.) Also at the Box
Pixar’s Toy Story 4 continued its historic run, taking the No. 2 spot at the U.S. box office with another $20.6 million in sales, bringing the flick’s four-week total to $346 domestically and $771 million worldwide. This one might not end up becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise, likely not passing Toy Story 3, as was predicted.
Paramount’s new Alexandre Aja-directed, Sam Raimi-produced horror flick, Crawl, surprised at the box office, taking the No. 3 spot over its first weekend of release with a stellar $12 million in sales. Add in $4.8 million in foreign returns and Crawl has already made a $3.3 million profit. There will be a Crawl 2, I promise you.
Odd couple buddy comedy Stuber flopped over its first weekend of release, taking the No. 4 spot at the box with just $8 million in sales. Ouchie. Luckily this flick cost only $16 million to produce despite being a pretty flashy action film. I hear it’s actually very good. Can’t wait to see it.
And finally, at the No. 5 spot, we have Danny Boyle’s “what would the world be like if The Beatles were never a thing” movie, Yesterday. The flick sold another $6.7 million, bringing it’s 17-day worldwide sales total to a respectable $80 million. Danny Boyle can’t lose. But, really, it’s hard to lose when you have the Beatles catalog available to you.
Also of note, the brilliant Midsommar continued to fill seats, bringing in another $3.5 million, upping the new classic’s 10-day sales total to a decent $18 million. Director Ari Aster’s last film, Hereditary (also a masterpiece) ended up selling $44 million. Looks like Midsommar will do similar numbers.
This Ari Aster guy, he’s the real thing I think. It’ll be interesting to see if he can move away from horror. New this Week
This weekend is 100 percent about one film, and that’s Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, directed by my guy Jon Favreau and voiced by Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyonce Knowles, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and many more.
This is going to be big, guys. Really big. And probably very good. Not my thing, but I will watch it.