BOX OFFICE REPORT
June 28-30, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Toy Story 4||$57.9 million|
|Annabelle Comes Home||$20.3 million|
|The Secret Life of Pets 2||$7 million|
Despite performing below expectations – which isn't the same thing as flopping – Toy Story 4 held strong, taking in more than the next four films combined in its second weekend. In 10 days, it's already passed the first film, and will pass the second in a matter of days. That's terrific, even if it's not an all-consuming force like Disney is expecting all its properties to be now. Worldwide, it's less than $1 million away from passing the second film. This may not be a billion-dollar earner, but it will almost certainly be among the biggest films of the year, here and abroad.
Annabelle Comes Home managed just $20.3 million. That's the lowest opening of any film in the Conjuring universe. Still, it's already logged $31 million since opening late Tuesday. That's more than enough to cover its budget, and while it's likely to finish closer to the original Annabelle ($84.2 million), this franchise is still one of the most profitable in all of Hollywood. (And by the way, that's three movies about killer dolls in the top 10 this week.)
Yesterday opened in third with $17 million. That easily the best career opening for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. The film should have strong legs, since its target audience has a longer attention span than the first two weekends. This won't be any giant hit, but could be the sleeper success of the summer, considering no movie aimed at adults has done particularly well thus far. Aladdin turned in another successful weekend. With $9.3 million, it's passed $300 million domestic and nearly $875 million worldwide. The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped to fifth with $131.2 million earned so far.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Maiden, the documentary on the first all-female crew to sail around the world. The film averaged $8,453 on its six screens.
- Avengers: Endgame's slapdash re-release delivered similarly weak results. Despite a new intro, an "unfinished" deleted scene, and a sneak peak at Spider-Man: Far from Home, it earned a tiny $5.5 million. Certainly not good enough to unseat Avatar as the all-time champ.
- Child's Play suffered a fatal blow. In its second weekend, it dropped from second to eighth place, adding just $4.2 million.
The 4th of July Weekend gets an early start, with the first showings of Spider-Man: Far from Home starting Monday night. That will definitely be your No. 1, but how high will it go? Its predecessor opened with a quite good $117 million, on its way to a spectacular $334 million finish. Now that Peter's more integrated into the MCU, will that mean a bigger opening, or will it be part of the summer trend of lackluster openings? If there's one thing you can count on, it's MCU sequels having bigger openings than the original (Age of Ultron notwithstanding). So I'm betting $150 million at least, and close to $200 million at the end of six days. It's only competition is Midsommar, Ari Aster's follow-up to last year's Hereditary. At best, that will open with $15 million for third place.