“Spider-Man: Far from Home” Spins Another Big Weekend


July 12-14, 2019

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


Spider-Man: Far from Home  $45.3 million
Toy Story 4 $20.6 million
Crawl $12 million
Stuber  $8 million
Yesterday $6.7 million

After a super-sized six-day opening, Spider-Man: Far from Home had a better-than-expected hold on the box office. Without much competition, it dropped only 51 percent. It's now at $274.5 million domestically, which means it's already surpassed Into the Spider-Verse and the two Andrew Garfield installments. While it will take a big hit next weekend, it should pass both Homecoming and Spider-Man 3 in the next week or so. Overseas, it's already the highest-grossing Spidey flick ever, and is almost sure to pass $1 billion, which means Marvel Studios will get to keep control of the character in perpetuity.

Toy Story 4 remained in second place, falling only 39 percent. It's still on pace to outgross Toy Story 3, but just barely. It's currently at $771 million worldwide. Crawl turned its lack of stars and simple premise into an asset. All audiences needed to know was there was a woman fighting an alligator. The creature feature had a low budget and has almost made that back already. It won't stick around long, but it picked the perfect window to open.

Stuber proved that Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani aren't leading men, at least not yet. The R-rated comedy debuted with just $8 million. Then again, who knows what would have happened if Disney weren't just dropping this out of obligation and gave it the full support Fox would have? Yesterday slipped to fifth place in its third weekend, as it nears $50 million, which is a solid turnout.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Farewell, the extremely acclaimed Chinese-American drama from newcomer Lulu Wang. Premiering on just four screens, it delivered the best average of 2019 with a jaw-dropping $87,833.
  • The Art of Self Defense had a strong showing in its limited release, earning $121,000 on seven screens.
  • While not as big as last summer, two documentaries have done quite well over these hot months: Both Pavarotti and Biggest Little Farm have topped $3 million.

Next week:

The Lion King is here to rule the savanna. The question is, just how big will its opening weekend be? Beauty and the Beast debuted with nearly $175 million back in 2017. This one is even more anticipated so I'm just going to go ahead and call a rare $200 million debut, possibly as high as $220 million.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.