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Fantastical films lead the pack this year


Greg W. Locke

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 4, 2019

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Pixar’s Toy Story 4 continued to dominate at the U.S. box office, selling another $58 million over its second weekend of release. That brings the flick’s 10-day domestic sales total to just under $237 million. Add in foreign sales and Toy Story 4 is already one of the Top 5 grossing films of the year, with $497 million in sales in just 10 days.

That’s four great Toy Story films. But we’re definitely going to get more of these movies and an offshoot or two. Hopefully if Pixar does decide to expand this franchise, they don’t water it down and continue treating it as their most valuable, signature intellectual property.

Look for Toy Story 4 to make decent bucks for the next few weeks, most likely topping the $1 billion mark before it leaves theaters.

Also at the Box

Horror flick Annabelle Comes Home took the No. 2 spot at the U.S. box over its first three days of release, selling a decent $20 million despite some pretty hefty competition.

Danny Boyle’s new film, Yesterday, about an alternate reality in which just one person remembers the Beatles, took the No. 3 spot, selling $17 million in the U.S. and $25 million worldwide over its first three days of release. Reviews aren’t great, but because it’s a Beatles-releated film, and because it was directed by Danny Boyle, we can expect Yesterday to make some money and have a legacy of reappraisal.

The live-action remake of Aladdin continued to roll, taking the No. 4 spot at the U.S. box last weekend with another $9.3 million in sales, upping the flick’s worldwide six-week sales total to $874 million. After a ho-hum decade at the box office, Aladdin is on pace to be Will Smith’s biggest hit to date. How about that.

Another great children’s film, The Secret Life of Pets 2, rounded out last weekend’s box office with $7 million in sales, upping the film’s four-week sales total to $131 million in the U.S. and $223 million worldwide. So yes, you did the math correctly — three of the Top 5 films at last weekend’s box office are children’s films.

New this Week

This week will see the release of two very promising releases, starting with Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latest MCU flick. Looks like a great time.

But the buzz this week surrounds Midsommar, Ari Aster’s follow up to his directorial debut, the instant horror classic Hereditary. Advance reviews are hailing this one as a new classic, with even Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) calling it the great modern horror film. The trailer is very, very good. Can’t wait to check this one out.

Screen Rant

And here they come, everyone’s mid-year best-of lists. There are too many smaller films I’ve not yet seen just yet, and so I don’t feel fully qualified to publish a list at the moment (also, this year has been a historically bad year at the movies so far).

But I can say for sure that Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum is the best film I’ve seen this year. In fact, it’s one of the 10 best film’s I’ve seen in the last decade or so. It’s a major new classic in my book, equally fantastical and philosophical, and full of colorful, oddball imagery.

My advice: See The Beach Bum, see Toy Story 4, see Midsommar.

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